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Pocahontas State Park

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Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, Pocahontas offers boating, picnicking, camping, camping cabins, hiking, and interpretive and environmental education programs. The Aquatic Center has seasonal water-based activities for the entire family, with a kiddie pool, fountain wet deck, 3-foot and 5-foot-deep leisure pools, and activity pool and two tubular water slides. Rowboat, paddleboat, paddleboard, kayak, and canoe rentals are also available at the 200-acre Swift Creek Lake from April through October. Two fishing lakes have crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish.

The park has more than 80 miles of trails through 7,925 acres open to hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, dedicated to the Depression-era workers who helped build the state park system, is one of a handful in the nation. The park dining halls are available for meetings, events, and weddings. The Heritage Amphitheater offers seasonal performances. Group facilities with meeting space and primitive overnight cabins also are available. New this year are 7 miles of single track, machine-built flow trail designed and built in conjunction with the International Mountain Biking Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, and Friends of Pocahontas. The trail includes a double loop trail specifically for hand-cycles and beginning cyclists and features continuous loops with offshooting skill-building segments.

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