Chippokes Plantation State Park


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Chippokes Plantation State Park is one of the oldest working farms in the United States. Chippokes is a living historical exhibit located in a rural agricultural area along the James River in Surry County. In addition, the park has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails. The plantation has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s and has a variety of cultivated gardens and native woodland. The formal gardens surrounding the Chippokes Mansion are accented by azaleas, crepe myrtle, boxwood and seasonal flowers. The plantation grounds are also home to the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum. Chippokes Plantation State Park is operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation in cooperation with the Chippokes Plantation Farm Foundation. The Virginia General Assembly created the foundation in 1977 to establish, administer and maintain the model farm. Funding for the foundation comes from farmland rent payments, donations, admissions and gift shop sales.
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Posted by: TrailAPI on April 12, 2013
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    Campground Activities

    Camping, cabins, picnicking, nature and history programs, fishing, hiking, equestrian trails, seasonal swimming

    Campground Amenities

    Bathhouse with hot showers, electric and water hookups, dump station, laundry, hiking trails, equestrian trails, farm and forestry museum, seasonal swimming pool and snack bar

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    Camping Fees

    $27-$30 per night

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    Reviews of Chippokes Plantation State Park

    Reviewed by Opie on September 11, 2011

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    B Loop is paved and great for larger rigs. It also has some pull thru's and paired sites. Nice showers and clean bathrooms.

    They have a huge pool with 2 diving boards that keeps the kids happy for hours! Although it is on the James, there is no boat ramp, and beach access is not readily available. The working farm and plantation house is educational.

    Take the Ferry over to Jamestown/Williamsburg for lots to do!
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    Reviewed by EP13 on June 3, 2011

    (3 out of 4 members found this review useful.) Reply to Review
    Just back from spending a few nights here. Peaceful, beautiful, and clean! I have to note I was there the week prior to Memorial Day weekend, so maybe that was why it was soooo quiet! Tent camped in A Loop where the sites are shady and large. One note of caution, if you plan to swim on the James River bring a beach umbrella as there really is no shade. The water is great for little ones. I have two 4 year olds and they could walk out more than 30 yards, still touching the ground! One word of warning, I can't say for sure, but I'm quite confident there are sand chiggers on that beach. I counted more than 45 bites on one foot & ankle the day after hanging out on the beach. Just careful! Otherwise, I highly recommend this campground!
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    Reviewed by sam on July 11, 2010

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    We took 4 kids and had a blast!!! Great trails and beach. The sites are large and bath house is very clean. Very friendly and helpful staff...we plan to return this summer!
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