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Staunton River State Park
STAUNTON RIVER STATE PARK
STAUNTON RIVER STATE PARK
1170 Staunton Trail
Scottsburg, Virginia   24589-9636

Phone: 434-572-4623
Toll Free: 800-933-7275
Reservations: 434-572-4623
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Staunton River State Park is one of the six original state parks that opened in June 1936. It is located on 1,597 acres along the shoreline of the John H. Kerr Reservoir (also known as Buggs Island Lake), as well as the Dan and Staunton rivers. The largest lake in Virginia is only one of the park’s many attractions, which include a swimming pool, camping, cabins, picnic shelters and nature trails.
History of the Area
Staunton River State Park takes its name from the river that borders the park. The river was named for Captain Henry Staunton who, before the Revolutionary War, commanded a company of soldiers to protect early settlers from Indian attacks. The soldiers patrolled from the mountains to the mouth of the Dan River. This section of the Dan River became known as Captain Staunton's River and later, Staunton River. Forty years later, in the 1810s, the river became an important means of transporting tobacco, a popular cash crop. Many large plantations were built in the area. During the Civil War, most of these plantations were destroyed.

In 1933, Virginia's Commission of Conservation and Development bought 1,766 acres of farmland bordering the river from several owners. From 1933 to 1935, a unit of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built most of the buildings and facilities that are still seen today at the park. The CCC barracks were located near what is today a nature trail in the park. Buggs Island Lake was formed with the construction of the Kerr Dam in 1952. More than 150 acres of the original park were flooded, leaving some structures completely underwater.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Picnickingyes
 Swimming Beachyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Water/Electric Sitesyes
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Swimming
The park provides both a wading pool and larger pool for swimming during the summer. The pool complex includes a bathhouse and concessions area. In the summer, swimming is free for overnight guests in campsites, cabins and the lodge, however it cannot be guaranteed should circumstances beyond the park's control require that swimming be closed. We do not give refunds for swimming to overnight guests under any circumstances.
Boating
No boat rentals at this park. Guests must bring their own boats. Boat launching ramp is available. These facilities may not be accessible if the water level is too high or low. If your visit depends on the ability to launch your boat, please call the park in advance. Both motorized and non-motorized boats are permitted on Buggs Island Lake. River Traders, located outside park entrance, rents canoes, kayaks and jon-boats.


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Picnicking
Two shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to dark (all day). Call 1-800-933-PARK (in Richmond, 225-3867) to reserve. Parking and swimming fees are not included in shelter rental.

Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.

Amenities: Both shelters have grills, picnic tables and access to nearby restrooms.

Shelter 1: Near the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. There's no deck but there is a graveled area by the grill. This shelter offers no view of the river; access to the river is limited. A walk of about two minutes brings you to the river. The shelter is near a swing set and trash disposal, and bathrooms are about five minutes away. This shelter offers access to the pool area via the Tutelo Trail, a 5-10 minute walk. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. (Note: several distances mentioned above might prove difficult for the handicapped.)

Shelter 2: Beside the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. This shelter has a spacious deck near the grill and offers a waterfront view and easy access to the water. There is a boat launch that can be used when the water level is high, but users must pay a launching fee. Also, the shelter features a a swing set and trash disposal, and handicapped accessible bathrooms are only a short distance away. The shelter is not, however, equipped with a ramp for easy access by the handicapped. Spacious grounds for softball, badminton, soccer, etc., are nearby. Guests must provide their own equipment.
Trails
Hiking and self-guided trails; horses allowed on multi-use trail. Six wooded trails provide miles of hiking along the Dan and Staunton rivers as well as Buggs Island Lake. Some of the landscapes are little changed from the times when generals from the Revolutionary and Civil wars camped with their troops.

Multi-use trail open for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Bring your own horse.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
July 6 Best Park Ever by Nicole
I enjoy coming here every summer to camp.We stayed in tents now we stay in cabins and its the best ever love it
June 25 Totally Awesume Staff! by CJ
The entire staff from Rangers to Site Hostess were fablous! They were extremely helpful and friendly. The grounds and facility were beautifully groomed and clean. Excellent park site!
May 7 Home away from home! by Christee Ayers
I am looking forward to get back home!!We will be there as soon as possible this year!!We love the fishin,pool trails,and the feeling of coming home for vacation.We have been to the park every year for the last 10-12 years and love it!!The tornado damage really broke my heart:(. But I know it will be as good as new though!!Cant wait til we can come!!
April 19 best horse trails and people by horse woman
if you all need help in cleaning up please letus know.
October 11 Great place for a weekend trip by J.
Spent a weekend at Staunton River. Absolutely loved it. It was beautiful,peaceful, and fun. The pool is great, as are the hiking trails. The cabins and grounds were really clean and well-maintained. Will try to go back next summer
July 7 Best park around by granny Vicki, Ringgold, Va.
I take my grandchildren to Staunton River a few times every summer. Everyone of them love coming here and spending the day. We have just as much fun at the picnic areas as we do the pool. Great family place. Look forward to visiting every year.
April 20 We will be back!!! by James Skelton
This is the cleanest and well maintained park I have ever camped at, the staff were so friendly and helpful, and good luck finding trash on the groud anywhere, this place was spotless! even the bathrooms were so clean you could eat off the floors and the picnic areas had no cigarette butts or trash anywhere, and the children had a blast!!!


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Staunton River State Park is 18 miles east of South Boston. Take U.S. 360 to Route 344. Follow Route 344 for 10 miles to the park, located southeast of Scottsburg, Va.

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