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Chippokes Plantation State Park

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Lots of fossils and shark's teeth

A great relaxing walk on the beach can yield some pretty cool fossils and lots of shark teeth... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Charles B
Something for every nature lover!

This park is awesome, from riverside beach, availability of camping, walking trails, cabins, even a... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Gail L
Portsmouth, United States
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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...more
695 Chippokes Park Rd, Surry, VA 23883-2406
+1 757-294-3625
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Reviewed yesterday

A great relaxing walk on the beach can yield some pretty cool fossils and lots of shark teeth. Pass the visitor's center and talk the walk down to the river.

Thank Charles B
Reviewed September 3, 2018

This park is awesome, from riverside beach, availability of camping, walking trails, cabins, even a pool in season, though we haven't stayed overnight or used the pool.! Generally spend a few hours there.The views from the James River's edge are beautiful. We could see the...More

Thank Gail L
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful clean facility - we pulled in with reservations for a hookup site for our camper and were pleased to see nice level spaces. Are personnel are lovely and were up early cleaning the grounds and bathhouses. Great cycling and nice pool. We will be...More

Thank smotley
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Still fairly new to Virginia, we had not heard of Chippokes Plantation State Park until we purchased a book about plantation homes in Virginia. On a recent trip to Williamsburg, we decided to take the ferry to Surry to visit Chippokes Mansion. The drive through...More

Thank pearx4
Reviewed July 25, 2018

Again you are in a place very seldom seen because it is across the river from Jamestown. This park is a great reason to cross the river.

1  Thank JohnBCowgill
Reviewed July 11, 2018

My family loved it here! I will definitely be back. The water is calm, clean ,and somewhat secluded. My 10 year old, 2 year old, and husband all found ways to enjoy this beautiful park. We swam, fished, played on the playground, and explored the...More

1  Thank RSMAURY
Reviewed July 5, 2018

Chippokes State Park pool, part of the Virginia State Parks, is a large pool, generally with cool water thanks to location and breezes from the James River. Unless camping there, entrance fee to park is 5$ and you must leave the money even if no...More

2  Thank Sorcerer55
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Great park, with bbq grills, gazebos, visitor center, pool, camping, play grounds, and beach access, beautiful spots to sit by the water, great area for swimming with little children no rough currents, very clean park, with helpful rangers, great place to beat the heat

2  Thank moltisantikid
Reviewed June 4, 2018 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

Thank springermom75
Reviewed May 21, 2018 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.

2  Thank jstargell
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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.
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....
Chel B
July 11, 2017|
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.