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JAMES RIVER STATE PARK                     434-933-4355                                                          
State Hwy. 606, Buckingham, VA  24581      

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this state park offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, an accessible fishing pier and hiking trail for outdoor relaxation.

PARKING:  At all 6 of the covered shelters and 3 rest rooms.  9 designated accessible parking spaces.  Parking space 8 ft. wide.  Accessible aisle 5 ft. wide.  Nearby ramps are well marked.  RV parking.

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND PARK/ATTRACTION:  Hiking, biking and horseback riding.  Paths/trails do have steep grades which would require assistance for persons in wheelchairs.  Trails vary, total 16 miles.

ENTRANCE TO VISITOR CENTER:  Located next to park office in center of park.  Exterior steps.  Handrails on left/right.  Ramps provided.  2 glass entry doors, 32 in. wide, easily open out with clearly marked knob handle located 37 in. above floor.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  Vault toilets located at each campground, and 3 rest rooms with running water and flushing toilets at various locations throughout park.  Available without steps.  Doors are 36 in. wide, open out.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 37 in. wide doors opening out, and handrails.  19  in. toilet seat height.  10 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height 34 in.  Wrapped pipes.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.

For guests with visual disabilities:  Signs in large print, with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface. 

For guests with mobility disabilities, a wheelchair lift and 2 modified wagons to accommodate wheelchairs are available for use.  Wagons are tractor drawn and give a ride around the park to include a trail experience.

Green Hill Trail Fishing Pier (pavement and board) and Tye River Overlook and Green Hill Pond Trailsl are wheelchair accessible.

Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails

PICNIC AREAS:  Located through out 1,500 acre park.  4 open picnic areas, 6 large covered shelters and one small shelter with a fireplace.  There are 96 tables for guests in wheelchairs, tables 29 in. high.  Tables located at all shelters, picnic areas and campsites.  52 in. aisles between the tables.  Paths to and within the picnic areas are concrete sidewalks. 

Picnic shelters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are wheelchair accessible. Restrooms at shelters 1, 2 and 3 are wheelchair accessible.

GIFT SHOP:  Counters 29 in. high.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

CABINS AND LODGES: Lodges 5 and 16 and cabins 11 and 18 are wheelchair-accessible. Cabin 18 has one queen bed, a set of bunk beds and a couch with a pull-out bed in the living area. Call 1-800-933-7275 for reservations.

CAMPING: The park has four campgrounds. Two of them, Branch Pond and Canoe Landing, are open year-round for primitive camping. There are primitive restrooms at those campgrounds. Drinking water is unavailable in the primitive campgrounds, but potable water is available at five of the six picnic shelters.

Red Oak Campground has 30 regular sites with water and electricity and a full service bathhouse with laundry facilities. The sites are shaded and can accommodate various equipment (tents, pop-ups and RVs) up to 40 feet. The sites have large tent pads and wide driveways for bump-outs. Full-service bathhouse with hot showers and wash sink for dishes; the bathhouse has four unisex showers, one of which is universally accessible.

Horseshoe Campground has electric and water hookups; the sites are pull-through and allow two trailers to share a common area between them. There are 20 covered horse stalls and five tent pads. Full-service bathhouse with hot showers. The bathhouse has four unisex showers, one of which is universally accessible.


Park fees:

James River State Park Outdoor Adventures, a full-service canoe livery, provides canoe, kayak and tube rentals as well as shuttle services. For more information about the livery (open seasonally), call 434-933-8682.

Visitors may bring their own horses to use bridle trails.

This park has a car-top launch in the canoe landing area and a boat launch at Dixon Landing.


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