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Chippokes State Park © Rich Fowler
Chippokes State Park © Rich Fowler
Chippokes State Park Early Morning © Rich Fowler
Chippokes State Park © Rich Fowler
Chippokes State Park © Rich Fowler
Chippokes State Park American Eagle © Rich Fowler
Spotted this eagle on a channel marked while on the ferry going to Williamsburg
Chippokes State Park © Virginia State Parks / CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Farm and Forestry Museum Sign Project
Chippokes State Park © DrStew82 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Historical marker at Chippokes Plantation, near Surry, VA.
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695 Chippokes Park Road
Surry, Virginia   23883
(lat:37.1359 lon:-76.7256) map location

Phone: 757-294-3728
Toll Free: 800-933-7275
Reservations: 757-294-3728
Email: park email button icon
Chippokes State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the United States. Chippokes is a living historical exhibit located in a rural agricultural area along the James River in Surry County. In addition, the park has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails. The plantation has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s and has a variety of cultivated gardens and native woodland. The formal gardens surrounding the Chippokes Mansion are accented by azaleas, crepe myrtle, boxwood and seasonal flowers. The plantation grounds are also home to the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum

Chippokes State Park is operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation in cooperation with the Chippokes Farm Foundation. The Virginia General Assembly created the foundation in 1977 to establish, administer and maintain the model farm. Funding for the foundation comes from farmland rent payments, donations, admissions and gift shop sales.

Formerly known as Chippokes Plantation State Park.
History of the Area
Captain William Powell, a prominent colonial gentleman, received a grant for 550 acres of river frontage on Chippokes Creek in 1619. This is the first record of ownership for this land. The plantation and the bordering creek were named for an Indian chief who befriended the early English settlers. Under the ownership of Colonel Henry Bishop in 1646, the plantation was expanded to its present boundaries encompassing 1,403 acres.

In 1854, Albert Carroll Jones built the present Chippokes Mansion, which overlooks the historic James River. This Italianate structure was built of brick, stuccoed and painted on its river facade. Chippokes was once the site of one of the few legal distilleries in the Commonwealth. Local legend has it that the mansion survived the Civil War because Albert Jones sold his brandies to both sides during the war. The plantation changed owners many times before it was bought by Thornton Jeffress of Rochester, New York and V.W. Stewart of Wilson, North Carolina in 1918. Mr. and Mrs. Stewart moved to Chippokes and put much effort into restoring the property and compiling a detailed history of the plantation. Upon her husband's death, Mrs. Stewart, in order to preserve the plantation in its entirety, donated Chippokes Plantation to the Commonwealth as a memorial to her husband in 1967. Mrs. Stewart hoped that the plantation would be made into a park and preserved as a working farm to interpret day-to-day farm life through the centuries.

Chippokes State Park is operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation with cooperation from the Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation. The Virginia General Assembly created the foundation in 1977 to establish, administer and maintain the model farm.

Funding for foundation efforts are from the General Assembly with matching private donations.
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Meeting Rooms
A conference shelter with a kitchen is available for a fee to use for wedding receptions, meetings, or special events. Available on a reservation basis only by calling the park.

Rental periods: Mon-Sun: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Historic area grounds: Mon-Sun, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Mansion Conference Room: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Pool complex: This facility may be reserved before or after normal pool hours by calling the park, (757) 294-3625. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. - noon or 7 p.m. - 9 p.m..
Olympic size swimming pool and separate kiddie pool open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; on Friday through Sunday and holidays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Enjoy fishing in the James River, where you can catch catfish, bass and croaker. A valid Virginia license is required.

Picnic areas include drinking water, grills and restroom facilities. Picnic shelters are also available on a reservation basis by calling the Reservation Center 1-800-933-7275 or in Richmond 225-3867.

Chippokes Plantation State Park Picnic Shelters

Two shelters are available for rent. They can be rented from 8 a.m. to dusk (all day). Click here for park fees.

Reservations for shelter are recommended and can be made by calling the Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK (or 225-3867 in Richmond). All shelter guests must pay applicable parking and swimming fees. Parking, swim fees and other concessions are not included in the shelter rental.

Amenities: All shelters have grills, picnic tables and access to restroom. They are all located in the vicinity of the Visitor Center with a view of the James River.

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

Shelter #1: Small shelter. Can accommodate 30-35 people. No electricity.

Shelter #2: Large shelter. Can accommodate 60-65 people. Has electrical outlet.
The park has 3.5 miles of hiking and bicycling trails, a half-mile of which is accessible to people with physical disabilities, through the historic area, as well as an auto farm tour road. The park also has an equestrian area with about 10 miles of riding fun available around farm fields as well as two long, multiple-use trails.
Cycling enthusiasts can explore miles of scenic trails, suitable for all skill levels. Be aware that helmets are required.

The park's terrain varies from flat to hilly areas, so cyclists should be prepared and cautious.

Bike rentals aren't available on-site; visitors must bring their own bicycles or rent them offsite before arrival at the park.

Certain paths may not permit biking due to environmental concerns - always check signage and respect restrictions in place.

During peak season, bike traffic increases significantly; exercise caution when cycling during these times.

Nighttime bicycling is prohibited as there isn't sufficient lighting along most routes - plan your rides accordingly.
Nature Programs
Chippokes Mansion Tours: Tours of the 19th century Chippokes Mansion are available weekends April through October and other times by reservation for groups of 10 or more. In the spring, special tours of the mansion and gardens are offered in conjunction with Garden Week. During the Christmas season, the mansion is decked in Victorian period decorations and open for tours.

Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum Tours: Opened in June 1990, the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum uses more than 600 antiques to interpret rural early American farm life. The seven building complex is open for self-guided tours. Contact the park for museum hours.
Birding enthusiasts can spot species like the Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebird. The park's diverse habitats attract a variety of birds such as American Goldfinch, Carolina Wren and Tufted Titmouse. Birders may also see waterfowl including Mallards and Canada Geese along the James River shoreline. Raptors are common too with sightings of Bald Eagles possible year-round.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 8 GOOD Suprise! by Roxane
park review stars; one to five The campground is great and very peaceful. A lots of interesting activities in the area (Jamestowns, Williamburgs). We loved the nature and the history in the park. The hours for the pool should be longuer during the week...
August 4 Great experience except.... by RKP
park review stars; one to five The campground and other facities are great. Lots of interesting activities for families of all ages. The one area that, in my mind, rated very low was the mangement of the pool area. Rules wer enforced at their discretion. The pool itself is excellent but I found some of the pool lifeguards to be less that helfpfu (Daniel).
July 29 One of our favorite parks
park review stars; one to five Love the events you hold.
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Surry County. From I-95 and I-295, take Route 10 towards Hopewell. Follow Route 10 East for approximately 40 miles to Surry. Turn left at the intersection of routes 10 and 31 (this continues on Route 10). Turn right at the blinking light. Turn left at Route 634 (Alliance Road), and the park entrance is four miles on the left.From southside Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach): Take I-64 East to 460 West. Take exit to Route 10 West (through Smithfield), approximately 15 miles. Make right on Alliance Road (Route 634). Park is four miles on left.From Newport News/Hampton: Take James River Bridge (Route 17 South). Make right on Rt. 258. Take Route 10 West (through Smithfield) approximately 15 miles. Make right on Alliance Road (Rt. 634). Park is four miles on left.From Williamsburg: Take Jamestown Road to Jamestown and follow signs to ferry. Once the ferry lands across the river at Scotland, follow the road to Route 10 and make a left. Turn left at Route 634 and continue to park entrance on the left. (The ferry is free.)

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