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Let Nature Bring Out The Adventurer In You

Virginia’s Retreat celebrates the natural beauty of South Central Virginia with abundant reasons and opportunities to spend time outdoors. In this active fishing, hunting, boating and camping region, efforts to conserve natural resources have a long history of success. The area is home to many state and national parks and wildlife management areas, making the right to outdoor adventure a value shared by all.

Hiking and cycling are favorite modes of transportation here, with terrain that allows you to pace yourself and choose your challenges. Boating of all kinds is available, with numerous lakes and rivers not only adding scenic beauty but serving as reminders of the simple joys of slicing through the water. This close to nature, we can’t help but feel a little more adventurous.


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Paddle, Hike and Celebrate

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Nature in James River State Park in Appomattox County, VA

Picnic Adventure

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Outdoor Attractions

Virginia's Retreat boasts 10 Virginia State Parks and two National Parks, along with numerous municipal parks and access areas. The James and Appomattox Rivers wind through the region, as well as many streams and tributaries perfect for kayaking or canoeing. In fact, you're never far from water here, with lakes of all sizes – including watersports meccas Buggs Island Lake and Lake Gaston. Even motorsports here deliver natural inspiration, such as Virginia International Raceway's spectacular setting.

Trails throughout the region allow you to explore with confidence, bringing you up close and personal with wildlife, unspoiled nature, and sometimes the remnants of an earlier time. History and outdoors intersect in many places in Virginia's Retreat. Wildlife Management Areas offer acres and acres of field and forest habitats, some with riding trails and fishing areas.

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