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Staunton River State Park

Photo Credit: Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation
Staunton River State Park offers plenty to do in and out of the water, making it an attractive park choice for children and and adults alike.

Located only 25 miles from the North Carolina state border, Staunton River State Park sits on 2400 acres of shoreline, woodland, and meadow.

Both the Staunton and Dan rivers weave through the park. Staunton River State Park also offers access to Buggs Island Lake, Virginia’s largest body of freshwater.


Staunton River State Park is located 18 miles east of South Boston, in Scottsburg, Virginia.

From Northern Virginia, the park is a three and a half hour drive. From both Richmond and Roanoke, the park is a two hour drive.

Water Activities

Fishing is permitted, with a valid Virginia fishing license, on Dan River, Staunton River, and on Buggs Island Lake.

Bass, bluegill, crappie, and perch can be found in all three bodies of water.

A boat launching ramp is available on the park. Both motorized and unmotorized boats are permitted on Buggs Island Lake.

While the park does not rent out boats, River Traders, located just outside the park, rents small non-motorized boats, such as kayaks and canoes.

Visitors trying to escape the summer heat will find relief in the park’s Olympic sized pool. A wading pool is also located on site.

The pool has a waterslide stretching 70 feet in length. Swimming is free to overnight guests.


Staunton River State Park has several self guided trails, open to hikers and horses. Trails extend for miles down the Dan and Staunton Rivers.

A multi use trail is open to bikers, hikers, and horses.

The park has two shelters, both of which have picnic tables, grills, and access to restrooms. These shelters accommodate up to 60 people.

Two mini shelters, which both accommodate up to 15 people, are equipped with a grill and picnic table.

Picnic shelters can be rented all day, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Shelters can be reserved by calling 1-800-933-PARK.

Overnight Accommodations

Overnight guests to Staunton River State Park can choose between camping, cabins, and the campground lodge.

Three of the four campgrounds have electric and water hookups, and one is tents only.

Each campsite has a fire ring and access to a bathhouse. The bathhouse is heated and contains a laundry facility.

Firewood can be bought at the park. Visitors are asked not to bring their own firewood.

Cabins must be rented for a week at a time between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Cabins are located on the Staunton River. Each cabin is equipped with rustic furniture, linens, heat and air conditioning, a stove, coffeemaker, dishes and utensils.

Guests are advised to bring their own food, salt and pepper, and charcoal.

The Camping Lodge, also known as the Bunkhouse, is located in the camping area. The Camping Lodge has a requirement of a two night minimum.

The lodge has seven bunk beds, a back deck, and a fire ring with a cooking grate.

Location: Halifax County
Address: 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, Va, 24589
Telephone: 1-800-933-PARK
Web site:
Latitude: 36.696066
Longitude: -78.685254
Categories: > Central Virginia. > State Parks.

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