Pocahontas State Park
64 miles of trails for biking and hiking, boating, fishing, a pool, three lakes, playgrounds, camping, yurts, cabins, a 2000- amphitheater for concerts and events.
Pocahontas State Park, located in Chesterfield, Virginia, on 7,920 acres of land. Rich in history.
The park was laid out by the Civilian Conservation Corps along the Swift Creek, and at 7,950 acres (32.2 km 2) was, at its creation, Virginia’s largest state park.
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
A boxing ring, 23 buildings and their barracks, and a mess hall, once was the Civilian Conservation Corps. Now only stands the bell, one used to alert the men that a fire had broken out in the barracks.
In 1933, 13.6 million people in the United States were unemployed. After only two days into his inauguration, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called a meeting of the government officials to create the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps.) Roosevelt intended to place 500,000 unemployed youths to work in parks, forests, and rangelands across the United States.
The CCC employed more than 3 million men within 9 years. To add 40,000 bridges, while planting 2 billion trees, thousands of shorelines, beaches, and roads. The CCC created 800 state parks across the United States of America, including six, in Virginia.
Within the first three years, (by 1936), CCC, opened six parks simultaneously in Virginia. The CCC also helped develop what is now the National Park Services of Prince William Forest Park and Pocahontas State Park. The remaining parks in Virginia developed during this time frame are First Landing (previously Staunton River and Seashore), Westmoreland, Douthat, Fairy Stone, Hungry Mother.
In the area today, you can walk peacefully, enjoy the woods and the sound of nature, birds chirping, squirrels skirring for food, and the flowing lakes nearby.
Camp 7 Lake – Little known to visitors of the park, it is the third lake at Pocahontas State Park.
The Old Water Station Well – This well used to supply the water for the Western and Tidewater trains that passed through. Now there only remains a fence around a sunken tree.
Fendley Station– Transplanted from the rail line and placed in the park in
Sheldon Cabin– The only remains are the chimney, right off Old Mill Trail. Sunken in graves surrounding the chimney, once was The Sheldon Cabin.
“Our greatest primary task is to put people to work. This is no unsolvable problem if we face it wisely and courageously. It can be accomplished in part by direct recruiting by the Government itself, treating the task as we would treat the emergency of a war, but at the same time, through this employment, accomplishing greatly needed projects to stimulate and reorganize the use of our national resources.”
President Franklin Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933President Franklin Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933**
Here are a few photographs from our recent visits