In Chesterfield County we work hard, but more importantly we play hard. From athletics and sporting events, to outdoor adventures and therapeutic recreation, from education and culture, to special facilities and programs for all ages, opportunities to play abound. With countless trails, lakes, numerous neighborhood pools and tennis courts, and more than 19 golf courses in the County, residents and visitors can enjoy an active lifestyle.
The Great Outdoors
Approximately 9,218 acres of public parks and recreational facilities are available for both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts. An ideal location for fishing and water sports, the James and Appomattox Rivers make up much of the county’s borders along with the 3,000-acre Lake Chesdin.
The Department of Parks and Recreation operates more than 30 parks and athletic facilities with nearly 3,000 acres of green space. Sports venues include 300 soccer, softball, baseball, and football fields. There’s even a challenge course you can tackle at your own pace.
If you prefer less strenuous recreation, there are trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, a nature center, fair grounds, an equestrian center and two community buildings. At the Rockwood Nature Center, visit live snake and turtle exhibits and explore the forest, pond, marsh and swamp, where you’ll get a better understanding of the animals and plants that live in the park.
There are athletic leagues for youths and adults, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, and more. Older adults can choose anything from watercolor painting and bridge to tennis, golf, or the annual Virginia Senior Games event, with competitions in archery, tennis, horseshoes, swimming, volleyball, golf, and basketball. Special day trips are conducted all year long for older adults.
The Dutch Gap Conservation Area is perhaps unique in the nation as a county-operated natural wildlife preserve that provides 810 acres of diverse woods, wetlands, and wildlife sanctuary to enjoy.
Located in the county is Pocahontas State Park, named in 2004 as one of the 20 best campgrounds in America. This 7,600-acre park offers boating, fishing on two lakes, hiking, biking, and bridle trails, as well as picnic shelters, a gigantic swimming pool, and a conference center. There is even an outdoor amphitheater that offers a wide range of cultural events throughout the year.