When driving to John H. Kerr Reservoir, also known as Buggs Island Lake, with almost 50,000 acres of water for your aquatic pursuits.
Occoneechee State Park is known for some of the most beautiful sunsets.
Steeped in history, and nestled along the banks of Virginia’s largest lake, there really is something for everyone at this tranquil park in Southern Virginia. You are likely to keep the superlatives coming throughout your stay here. Visitors often comment about the most beautiful sunsets, the friendliest staff, the biggest fish – and these are just a few of the things people like about this park.
Your first question might be “Where did theOccaneechi, for the community of American Indians who once resided here along the shores of the Roanoke River.
The lake was formed when the river flooded after construction of the John H. Kerr (pronounced “car”) Dam, which was completed in 1953. Both the dam and lake are managed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide flood control and hydropower generation.
Whether you stay overnight in the cabins or campground, or are just passing through, the park’s visitor centerexhibit is well worth taking the time to see. Younger people especially enjoy spending time in the replica of an Indian dwelling. Older children and adults will appreciate the exhibits that tell the story of the area and its early inhabitants in a time line format.
Wagon rides are just one of the many fun activities here at Occoneechee State Park.
Three boat docks and a marina provide 24-hour lake access.
Here you will find more than 18 miles of trails, and many activities for the whole family to enjoy, including wagon rides, campfires, and ranger guided nature programs. There is a playground and picnic shelter. Ample boat launching facilities provide 24-hour lake access, attracting anglers all year. The park’s marina offers slips for long-term and overnight boat storage, or you can rent a boat from Clarksville Marine Rentals at Boat Dock #1. Overnight facilities include 48 mostly shaded campsites for tents and RVs, an equestrian campground, 11 cabins, and two six-bedroom lodges, ideal for family reunions.
While the tall bridge is referred to as the “new” bridge, the “old” bridge is still there too, providing a quick trip into Virginia’s Only Lakeside Town.” Here you will find restaurants of both the fast and slow food kind. There are also antique shops, art galleries, and in season, fresh produce from farm stands.
At night, the old bridge serves a special function, attracting fish with unique special lighting. If nocturnal angling is not your thing, the lights still look pretty reflecting off the water. For you anglers out there, stay tuned. We’ll tell you more about fishing at Occoneechee in the next “Park of the Month” installment.
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