Lake Anna State Park, Things to Do

Come and Explore Lake Anna State Park

Come and Explore Lake Anna State Park


Beauty and Joy at Lake Anna State Park

There is so much to do and see at Lake Anna State Park.
There is so much to do and see at Lake Anna State Park.

You know you want to go to Lake Anna, but you’re not sure where to go. There are a lot of options. Local hotels, house rentals and camping are the most popular choices. But there is a place where you can get the best of all of these in one place. Lake Anna State Park is a lovely, natural location, smack dab in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas in Virginia. With the amenities of a hotel or a home, but the rustic vistas and activities of a camping excursion. The fun programs, comfortable amenities and beautiful lakeshore beach will make Lake Anna State Park a place your family will want to visit year after year.

The location of Lake Anna State Park is actually an old gold mining region containing the Goodwin Gold Mine. The area was once known as “Gold Hill.” But by the 1940’s, the gold was depleted. The lake itself wasn’t formed until 1971, when a dam was built on the North Anna River. The lake serves as a water coolant for Dominion Powers nuclear plant. But don’t let that scare you, it has quickly become a go-to spot for vacationers in and around central Virginia, drawing people far and wide. About ten years after the lake was created, Lake Anna State Park was established.

The state park is open from dawn to dusk, unless you are staying on site in one of the park’s beautiful cabins or campsites. The fee to enter is per car, and costs only $4. Depending on what you want to do while visiting, there may be extra costs. And there is a lot to do at Lake Anna State Park!

What Lake Anna State Park Has to Offer:

Plan your parties at Lake Anna State Park.
Plan your parties at Lake Anna State Park.
Lake Anna has many amenities so visitors  feel more comfortable:

•Visitor center
•Snack bar deck
•3 Picnic shelters
•Fishing pond

There are also fun activities for your whole family to participate in:

horse riding•Hiking on 11 different trails
•Boating and Water Sports
•Canoeing and Kayaking
•Gifts and Shopping
•Horseback Riding
•Wildlife Activities

Different fun & educational events and activities are hosted throughout the year:

panning for gold•Panning for gold
•Pontoon boat tours
•Kayak & Canoe trips
•Nature programs
•Gold mine tours
•Educational Activities
•Geology hikes
•CSI: Creek Scene Investigation
•Ranger led hikes
•Nature knapsacks

* To register for an activity in advance, call the Visitor Center and leave a message with your namehow many in group, and your number.
Lake Anna Visitor Center • (540) 854-6245

Camping & Cabins:

You may be having so much fun, that you and your family won’t want to leave! Lake Anna State Park offers beautiful shore-view cabins and rustic yet comfortable camp sites. Cabins come equipped with many of the comforts of home, and are just a few steps away from the beautiful shores of Lake Anna.

To reserve your cabin or campsite, click here.
Or Call (800) 933-7275


Lake Anna State Park
6800 Lawyers Rd, Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA
(540) 854-5503

Click here for a full list of park fees.

Click here for a map of Lake Anna State Park.


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