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695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry, VA  23883

DIRECTIONS: The main entrance to Chippokes is accessible from Alliance road which is off of Route 10 in Surry County.                                                    

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  With recreational activities and opportunities to look at life in a bygone era, Chippokes Plantation offers something for everyone. A working farm since 1617, visitors may tour an antebellum mansion, stroll through formal gardens, or view a collection of antique farm and forestry equipment and a sawmill exhibit at the Farm and Forestry Museum. A campground and three unique overnight cottages allow visitors to spend the night on the historic grounds. The park features a large pool, a visitor center, gift shop, interpretive programs, two playgrounds and opportunities to bike, hike, ride your horse and picnic.

The park is located across the river from Jamestown Island which is the first permanent English settlement in America. Since the establishment of Chippokes in 1619 the land has been continuously farmed making it one of the oldest plantations in America.

PARKING: 8 wheelchair accessible parking spaces in different locations-visitor center, pool, mansion and picnic shelters.  RV parking. 

TYPES OF PATHS TO OR AROUND PARK:  3 walking and bicycle trails, 1 is approximately 1.3 miles and paved, and leads from Visitor Center to mansion grounds, the other 2 are approximately 1/2 to 1 mile long and are grass and gravel leading to the creek.  Some have steep grades requiring assistance for persons in wheelchairs.

ENTRANCE TO VISITOR CENTER:  Located near picnic shelters and river.  Entry doors open out with pull type handle. 

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  At Visitor Center.  Doors open out.  No turns to enter.  Accessible stall checked regularly for obstructions.

For guests with mobility disabilities, the formal gardens/grounds: accessible parking at mansion parking lot, but the brick walkways are uneven.

Farm and Forestry Museum shows how people lived in rural Virginia in 1850. The exhibit buildings are at ground level with concrete floors. Walkways to and around buildings are gravel. Parking lot is across road from museum. Vehicle access and parking is also provided at the sawmill exhibit. Open for self-guided tours daily the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December, except for Thanksgiving, from 10 am. to 4 pm. Admission is free, but parking fees for the park still apply.

LODGING: Cabin 3 is a one bedroom wheelchair accessible overnight cabin located in historic area. This cabin sleeps two, allows four. Double bed and sofa bed. Built around 1930 as a tenant farmer’s house, this cabin has been designed to accommodate individuals with disabilities. This single-story one-bedroom cabin has an access ramp and deck. Call 1-800-933-7275 for reservations.

CAMPGROUNDS: Campgrounds A and B have 1 site in each campground is designated ADA-compliant. Each site has a gravel drive (not level) with water and electric hookups, a level tent pad, an accessible picnic table and a lantern post. A paved walkway leads to ADA-compliant bathhouse.

Campground B has one wheelchair accessible site near its ADA-compliant bathhouse, which has a laundry facility.

POOL COMPLEX: Features accessible parking, paved walkways (ramp from parking area), and a bathhouse at ground level. Olympic-sized pool has hydro-pneumatic lifts for those in wheelchairs. Pool depths range from 2½ to 5½ ft. and 12½ ft. in the diving area.

PICNIC AREAS:  Near Visitor Center.  Paths are dirt.  Covered shelters. Shelters are accessible via paved walkways from parking lot.

TRAILS: College Run Trail is a paved 1.5-mi. trail that connects the recreation area with the historic area, however it has steep grades descending to and ascending from College Run Creek. It is accessible from parking lots at the visitor center, River House and mansion. The James River and Lower Chippokes Creek trails are dirt farm roads that connect with College Run Trail.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Open: dawn - dusk. Park fees:

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.

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