Lake Anna State
A Great Destination
It is hard to imagine Lake Anna without
its signature state park of the same name. The 2,300-acre park, with
its 10 miles of shoreline on the clear waters of the lake, is one of
the most popular day-use facilities in the state system, serving over
200,000 visitors annually. The day-use designation is changing.
After a much-anticipated groundbreaking and construction, the 10 rental cabins have been a welcome addition. The 2- bedroom cabins, which sleep 6, have central heat and air plus a corner fireplace insert. Kitchen amenities include: refrigerator, stove, coffeemaker, dishes, dishcloth, dish towels, silverware, cooking utensils, pots, pans, microwave oven, toaster, electric can opener, and clock radio. The cabins offer a water-view and are located near or along the Pigeon Creek shoreline.
Cabin prices for the
Lake Anna State Park reflect those in other
Virginia parks. For more information on cabin rates please visit the DCR website: http://www.dcr.state.va.us/parks/parkfees.htm
The recent campground addition only adds to the Park's being a true family "destination".
Visitors can choose sites with or without water and electric hookups. The centrally located restrooms with hot showers, fire-rings, picnic tables and lantern holders are all well maintained.
Foremost among the park’s attractions are
opportunities for boating, fishing and seasonal swimming at the park’s
sandy beach. Now 23 years old the park continues to undergo improvements,
recently adding a number of new multi-use trails--trails open to foot
traffic as well as equestrian and bicycle travel. There are 11 trails
within the park, offering a total of 13 miles of pathways, most of that
distance being multi-use. While 11 of the trails are categorized as
easy, two offer more strenuous hiking opportunity for those so inclined.
Lake Anna is one of 34 facilities in the Virginia
State Park system. In October of 2001, that system took top honors with
a gold medal from the National Sporting Goods Association and National
Recreation and Parks Association for the number one system of state
parks in the nation.
Set on a historic gold mining site, the park takes advantage of its
colorful past, offering seasonal interpretive programs and all-season
self-guided hikes through the its gently rolling forested lands. In
the early 19th century, prospectors discovered gold at the site, which
came to be known as Gold Hill. Mining of gold and other metals continued
there until as late as the 1940s.
In the summer months, kids can learn from experts about panning for
gold. Rangers will offer guided tours to the site of the Goodwin Gold
Mine, which flourished on the park land long years ago.
The Visitor Center is a popular stop with
wildlife and historical exhibits plus a small gift shop. It is open
on the weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor
The Lake Anna park is also a popular warm-weather picnic site, offering
shelters available to larger groups, by reservation.
A boat-launching ramp is available and rentals of a variety of smaller
watercraft, pontoon boats and jet skis are available from several commercial
operators on the lake.
The park beach is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers a snack
bar, bathhouse and lifeguard.
For additional information on the park, its programs and schedules,
call the park at (540) 854-5503 or go to the state parks website at
www.dcr.state.va.us, then click on Lake Anna from the list at the left
side of the parks home page. For those interested in Still more information
concerning both the park and other things in the Lake Anna community,
is available at the website: www.lakeannaonline.com/