Parks & Outdoors

Virginia parks are among the best in the nation, and Halifax County houses several of the best and most beautiful in the region.

banister-lakeWithin the parks, each of the county's four rivers has a distinctive character, and its two lakes and several large creeks provide a place for relaxation or unique trips down their waterways.

Occoneechee State Park is on Virginia’s largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir. The park's many trails allow guests to experience the history of the Occoneechee Indians and plantation life in the 1800s. Guests interested in fun on the lake can rent pontoon and fishing boats, while overnight facilities are available to those looking to prolong their stay.

Overlooking a pond on the rolling countryside is Edmunds Park, formerly Edmund's Dairy Farm. Perfect for a leisurely day outdoors, the park is equipped with walking trails, beautiful gardens, sports facilities, and picnic space.

Staunton River State Park is one of the six original state parks that opened in June 1936. It is located on 1,597 acres along the shoreline of the John H. Kerr Reservoir (also known as Buggs Island Lake), as well as the Dan and Staunton rivers. The largest lake in Virginia is only one of the park's many attractions, which also include a swimming pool, camping, cabins, picnic shelters and nature trails.

For a park with a bit of historical flavor, Staunton River Battlefield State Park features an excellent selection of attractions which will make your visit one you will certainly enjoy and remember for a long time. Attractions include two visitor centers, multiple walking tours, and two wildlife observation towers.

Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, for both the adventurous and the lazy.

hikingOur lakes and rivers provide plenty of opportunities for fishing, paddling, and other water sports. Find out more here.

The Tobacco Heritage Trail runs behind Berry Hill Resors & Conference Center, along the banks of the Dan River. The THT is a regional trail for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders and is being constructed primarily on abandoned railroad corridors through Southside Virginia. When complete, it will span 170 miles connecting 5 counties.

A program that utilizes our beautiful blueways is Upper Reach, an environmental education and recreational activity program within the Roanoke River Basin. It integrates the many wonderful paddling, hiking and bicycling trails in the area and uses them to create group excursions, special events and explorer’s contests. The organization's website also features an interactive map showing the various blueway trails and boat launches.

There are several options for Equestrian activities. Shangrila Guest Ranch offers all-inclusive Ranch Stays as well as day trail riding and wagon rides. Horseback riding is also available at Falkland Farms, which offers 75 miles of trails plus horse and human lodging, Chiefla Stables, and Bit by Bit Farm

butterflyIf you're looking for horseback riding trails, Staunton River State Park and the Tobacco Heritage Trail both offer beautiful rides.

We have two golf courses: Green's Folly Golf Course is open for public play, and Halifax County Country Club is a membership course. Both have a swimming pool, and the Country Club also has tennis courts.

For outdoor activities in town, Southern Virginia Botanical Gardens offers an educational side to getting some sun. SVBG is a non-profit whose mission is to develop garden projects for the region by educating local citizens about gardening as a lifestyle and offering collaboration with the Southside Virginia Master Gardeners organization in their garden's creation.

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