Lake Anna State Park is a wonderful weekend getaway for central Virginia residents, but is also a great place for an extended vacation. Featuring a beautiful lakefront beach and miles of hiking trails, Lake Anna State Park offers attractions for the whole family.
There are many great ways to spend the day at Lake Anna State Park. It features a boat ramp for families who wish to do a little boating, 15 miles of hiking trails, rental cabins for overnight visits, picnic shelters, a swimming beach, gift shop and a lakeside picnic area, a food concession stand, and a children's fishing pond.
For fishermen, Lake Anna's boat ramps are open one hour before sunrise. They are well lit and feature an automatic gate that allows early morning or late night access to the lake for fishing.
For overnight guests, Lake Anna State Park offers a variety of wood-frame, cedar-sided cabins with rustic furniture and kitchen amenities (refrigerator, stove, coffee maker, dish towels, silverware, pots and pans, microwave, toaster, etc.). Cabins can house 6 people comfortably and feature heat pump heating and cooling, a shower/bath bathroom, bedrooms with beds and closets, picnic tables, charcoal grills and a wrap around deck with rocking chairs and end tables. Cabins have a metal roof and wood laminate flooring, while bathrooms have tile flooring. There is a queen-size pull out bed in the living room.
If you prefer camping outdoors, Lake Anna State Park offers campgrounds with electrical hookups, fire pits and picnic tables. A centrally located restroom area is available for hot showers. Campers can get firewood from the park office and can enjoy swimming and use of the boat launch as part of the campground package.
Lake Anna's swimming beach is open all weekends and holidays, 10am - 7pm. During the week, swimming is allowed either until 4pm or 6pm, depending on the season. The beach is open in all visitors, either for a day trip or for overnight guests.
The 15 miles of hiking trails are made up of 11 different trails. These trails are designated for walking, biking and horseback riding. The terrain is fairly moderate with paths through hardwood and pine forests. Most hiking trails are rated "easy" except for the Big Woods, Pigeon Run and Gold Hill, which are rated more difficult.
Lake Anna State Park has an environmental education center that aims to teach children about nature and the ecosystem in an outdoor setting. The environmental education center holds canoe tours, gold panning and mining, geo-caching events and much more. The outdoor classroom is great place for children to learn about the natural world that surrounds them and have fun in the process.
Lake Anna is off of route 208, about 25 miles southwest of Fredericksburg. Come see why this state park has been a wonderful outdoor attraction for Central Virginians since 1983.