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Twin Lakes State Park

Photo Credit: Virginia Dept. Conservation & Recreation
Twin Lakes State Park is a sprawling, 495-acre park located in Central Virginia, crowned by the side-by-side Prince Edward and Goodwin Lakes.

The area was purchased by the government from two struggling farmers during the Great Depression. The government originally divided the area into two different parks, and they were racially segregated until 1976, when the two parks merged into one.

The park is rich in both scenery and activities, offering visitors plenty to see and do. Twin Lakes gives visitors the opportunity to camp, fish, boat, and picnic all in one beautiful setting.


Twin Lakes State Park is located about an hour southwest of Richmond, close to Farmville.

Visitors from Northern Virginia can reach the park in about three to four hours. From Roanoke, the trip is about three hours.

The address is 788 Twin Lakes Road, Green Bay, Virginia.


Twin Lakes State Park has enough to interest everyone.

Fishing is permitted in both Prince Edward Lake and Goodwin Lake. Both lakes have bass, sunfish, crappie and channel catfish.

Fishing licences are required and can be purchased at the park’s main office.

On both lakes, only electric motors are around to preserve the quiet atmosphere of the park.

Rowboats and canoes can be rented year round, and paddle boats can be rented during the summer months.

A boat launch is provided at both lakes.

In addition to the lakes, the park has six miles of hiking. The Prince Edward Gallion Multi-use Trail is open to hikers, bikers, and horse riders.

The park is equipped with two picnic shelters, both available for rent. Shelters can be rented from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

Both picnic areas can accommodate up to 25 people, and both have a nearby restroom. To rent a shelter, call 1-800-933-PARK.

For those wishing to host a special event at Twin Lakes State Park, the park provides use of the Cedar Crest Conference Center.

This building is appropriate for weddings, meetings, family reunions, and conferences.

The Cedar Crest Conference Center can be rented by calling: (434) 767-2398.

Overnight Facilities

With so much to do at Twin Lakes State Park, many visitors choose to visit for several days.

The park offers several forms of overnight accommodation.

Cabins can be rented for a week at a time between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In winter months, cabins must be rented for a minimum of two nights.

Each cabin has a screened front porch, rocking chairs, a picnic table, refrigerator, electric stove, coffeemaker, and place settings for eight people.

Cabins can accommodate up to six people.

Camping is also available at Twin Lakes. Each campsite has a fire ring, picnic table, electric and water hookups, and enough room for two vehicles.

The park has four campsites. Three of them accommodate RVs.

Swimming in the lakes is free for overnight guests. A concession stand and bath house located near both lakes are available during summer months.

Hours: 8:00 a.m. until dusk
Location: Green Bay
Address: 788 Twin Lakes Rd, 23942
Telephone: 434-392-3435
Web site:
Cost: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends
Latitude: 37.174829
Longitude: -78.273242
Categories: > Central Virginia. > State Parks.

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