GENERAL INFO: This park is a 300-acre Civil War historic site where a ragtag group of 700 Confederate old men and young boys beat the odds and held off an assault by 5,000 Union cavalry on a bridge of strategic importance to Gen. Lee's army, then under siege in Petersburg. Visit the Confederate earthworks and walk the historic bridge trail. Two visitor centers feature 2,300 square feet of exhibits on the area's rich Civil War heritage, Native American archaeological investigations and electric energy production. The park includes a 1.2-mile self-guided trail through the battlefield and a three-quarter-mile nature trail with two wildlife observation towers overlooking wetlands
Park Size: 300 acres
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Its address is 1035 Fort Hill Trail,
Randolph, VA 23962-9801.
Latitude, 36.88629. Longitude, -78.70353.
Drive Time: Northern Virginia, three and two thirds hours; Richmond, one and two thirds hours; Tidewater/ Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three and a half hours; Roanoke, two hours
PARK MAP: Click here.
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: No overnight accommodations, however the park is 20 minutes from Staunton River State Park (camping and cabins). For information on availability of other parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for park fees.
CABINS / CAMPING: Rental rates for cabins and camping vary by season, offering and park. Rates are subject to verification by DCR's state parks reservations staff (1-800-933-PARK). First determine the season, which varies by park, then the rate. Click here for park fees. (This park has no overnight accomodations.)
TRAILS: Hiking, bicycle trails and self-guided historical and nature trails available. Staunton River State Park is 20 minutes away with hiking trails as well as cabins and campsites.
Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Staunton River Battlefield's trails.
FISHING, BOATING: The beautiful Staunton River flows by the park and makes for a good float trip. The river has numerous freshwater species and is a great spot for walleye and smallmouth bass anglers. Buggs Island Lake, known for great fishing, is a few miles downstream.
VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP: A new 3,800-square-foot visitor center was opened in 1995 as a result of a unique partnership between Virginia State Parks, Virginia Power, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative and the Historic Staunton River Foundation. Displays on the history of the area and exhibits on electric energy cover about half the center's floor space. The center is open from mid-April through mid-November. Its hours are Wednesday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:40 p.m.
The Roanoke Station’s visitor center in Randolph, Va., has displays on Native American archaeological studies being done by Longwood University students at a nearby site. The Roanoke Station is open from Memorial Day through October on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS: Civil War re-enactments, living history, nature features. Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs. Click here to download a flier about the park's Sappony Indian River Festival.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Staunton River State Park (swimming pool). Molliver Vineyards and Winery offers wine tastings, tours, wine sales and a variety of outdoor recreation on its 134-acre vineyard and winery on the Bannister River.
PICNIC SHELTERS: One shelter can be rented from 9 a.m. to dusk (all day). It is a large shelter and is available weekends only from April 1 to June 15 and Sept. 15 to Nov. 15. The shelter is available seven days a week during the rest of the year. Click here for park fees.
Shelter Amenities: Grills, picnic tables, access to restrooms only when the Visitor Center is open, and a soft drink vending machine. The shelter accommodates 90. There is seating for another 50 near the shelter. The area around the shelter, however, cannot be reserved and is open for use by the general public.
Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.
HISTORY: Brief park history described above in General Information.
Historic Staunton River Foundation, a nonprofit volunteer group dedicated to supporting the park's mission.
Master plans must be written for parks before they're built.
The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter.
The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources.
Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan.
Click here (PDF) for this park's master plan.
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