April showers bring more than flowers to central Virginia.
Fun activities begin to bloom at Bear Creek Lake State Parkfrom April 3rd through April 15th! Enhance your springtime visit by participating in a variety of programs held Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at the park.
Kids will enjoy the Naturally Yours program where they will discover the aquatic critters that live at the Bear Creek Lake shore.
Naturally Yours will be held Tuesday April 3rd and 10th. This free environmental program will help you discover the aquatic critters that live at the Bear Creek Lake shore, and its tributaries, or perhaps a woodland walk to explore the forest and the trees.
Take the family on one of the canoe tours of Bear Creek Lake.
For a different perspective on the lake, Canoe Tours will be held on Thursday April 5th and 12th. After receiving some paddling and watercraft safety tips, we’ll head out on the water for a chance to better understand the ecology and history of the Lake. Our forty acre lake is the center of a diversity of both plants and animals. In the spring, even an eagle or an osprey might stop by! No canoe experience is necessary, and all equipment will be provided for a $5 per person, $4 per person family rate fee.
Join us for an evening welcome campfire and a talk with a ranger.
Saturday evenings will feature a Welcome Campfire and Talk with a Ranger. Hear about the inhabitants and history of the park while warming by the fire. We’ll even provide marshmallows for roasting!
For the more self-guided types, try the Channel Cat Loop Interpreted Trail, or several GPS geocaching activities. GPS units are available for rent at the park office.
Bear Creek Lake State Park is located about 4.5 miles northwest of the town of Cumberland. From U.S. Route 60, go west on Route 622 and south on Route 629 to the park entrance.
Drive Time: Northern Va., three hours; Richmond, one hour; Roanoke, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three hours.