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Chippokes Plantation State Park

695 Chippokes Park Rd, Surry, VA 23883-2406
+1 757-294-3625
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A really nice state park

This was a really quiet and nice state park. Our site was really long abeasy to play pull into... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
springermom75
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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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Great visit!

Went to Chippokes with the family earlier today. Be prepared to pay a $5 “parking” fee. The mansion... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
jstargell
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Nashville, Indiana
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Located only 6 miles from Surry Courthouse and 15 miles from Colonial Williamsburg and Victorian Smithfield, the 1,947-acre Chippokes Plantation State Park invites visitors to explore thousands of years of natural and Native American and over 394 years of African and European American histories while basking on James River sun-kissed beaches, relaxing amidst nature and a roaring campfire, and visiting other regional attractions. In the same year Africans were first brought to Jamestown, in 1619 Captain William Powell was granted his patent for Chippokes Plantation. By 1626 Chippokes Plantation became a working farm and to this day remains an operational agricultural enterprise. Between April and October visitors may tour the 1854 Jones-Stewart Victorian Mansion and eight, beautifully-appointed exhibit rooms showcase how people decorated and lived in the years before the American Civil War. The Mansion hosts periodic Hearth Cooking Demonstrations at its detached Summer Kitchen. Please check for program details. During Summer months take guided walking tours of "Quarter Lane". Located adjacent to the 1816 Antebellum Riverhouse visitors follow in the footsteps of enslaved African Americans and their contributions to building America during this informative African-American Heritage Program. Please check for program details. Overnight guests may choose between four cabins and fifty water and electric campsites. Reservations are recommended.
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695 Chippokes Park Rd, Surry, VA 23883-2406
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a really quiet and nice state park. Our site was really long abeasy to play pull into. The stores that were in our area seemed newer and were substantially more level. Lots to do at the park for a weekend outing. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to Chippokes with the family earlier today. Be prepared to pay a $5 “parking” fee. The mansion was a great added adventure as I learned quite a bit about the land. Also liked walking down to the beach near the visitors center.

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Reviewed May 5, 2018 via mobile

Chippokes Plantation State has it all! Its one of the oldest continuously working farms left in Virginia. It has a plantation house and a collection of well preserved artifacts of life in the Antebellum South I've seen. One of the carriages there is the envy...More

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Reviewed April 5, 2018

Grandkids loved this park, especially the beach and playground areas. We did a short hike thru this park that enhanced our appreciation of the natural beauty. We did not go into the mansion but spent almost 3 hours here. The hike down to the beach...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We live less than an hour's drive from this park, but had never tried camping there. Being off-season, it was not busy and there were lots of empty campsites. We found the campground and bath house to be clean and the host site had plenty...More

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Reviewed February 17, 2018 via mobile

We visited for the first time on a warm day in February. The ranger at the visitor center was very nice and gave us recommendations on where to hike and what to look for along beach. Recommend this place to families with young children. The...More

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Reviewed January 5, 2018

On a recent vacation to Williamsburg, we wanted to explore some lesser known sites and Chippokes was recommended by a friend. We took the ferry from Jamestown which was a neat experience. At Chippokes, we took a walk on one of the trails along the...More

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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Neat ride on the ferry, quaint downtown area. The Chippokes Plantation State Park was really fun and informative. Ranger Kevin does an excellent job painting a picture of the past. Well worth the trip!

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Reviewed December 22, 2017

Went there on a lark one December afternoon. It is certainly out of the way (which I like). What awaited us when we arrived was a beautiful and peaceful view of the James River. The Park Ranger was very helpful and suggested some trails nearby....More

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Reviewed October 11, 2017

My husband and I have stopped here many times to bike, hike and picnic. This is a great out of the way park. Love it!

Thank MargaretR8
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stevenhurley
May 11, 2018|
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Response from VaStateParks | Property representative |
We don’t recommend swimming in the river because it hasn’t been designed for swimming and what you may encounter underwater is unknown but we don’t prevent it.
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T-Scout_and_Mom
October 10, 2017|
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Response from Robbie M | Reviewed this property |
It's a dirt/grass path around a big field or several big fields. I wasn't impressed with the equestrian trail....
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Chel B
July 11, 2017|
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Response from TMC556 | Reviewed this property |
Double-check the fee schedule on their site, but I believe it's $5 to park, $3 for adults to swim, and $2 for children 12 and under.
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