Maybe I’m biased because I live here, but I think Southern Virginia in spring must be one of the most beautiful places on earth. It’s as if the woods have been decorated for a party. On the ground, tiny bluets have popped out, along with other wildflowers and sprouts of various kinds. The red bud trees are at their peak of bloom, and dogwoods will be peaking any day. The blooming dogwoods signal that the legendary striped bass (stripers)will be making their annual spawningrun up the Dan and Staunton Rivers.
Where these rivers meet you will find the largest lake in the state. With almost 50,000 acres, John H. Kerr Reservoir (better known as Buggs Island Lake) offers plenty of room to spread out, and plenty of fish. Two state parks on the lake offer cabins, camping, and ample boat launching facilities.
Staunton River State Park provides visitors a gateway to Buggs Island Lake.One of six original state parks opened in 1936, the park’s log cabins retain the historic character of their CCC construction with all the modern conveniences you have come to expect.
Across the lake outside Clarksville, VA, is Occoneechee State Park, named for the Native Americans who once made their home here. Modern cabins and two family lodges provide a perfect location for a family getaway or “mancation.”
While I was just out walking a small snake slithered by, on his way to the party, no doubt.Bees and butterflies are flitting about, birds are calling, turkeys are strutting, andfish are biting. Don’t miss the party here in Southern Virginia!