The park has a beach on one of Virginia's most popular lakes, a fishing pond accessible to children and the disabled, a bathhouse-concessions complex and a boat launch. Camping, picnicking, six camping cabins and 10 two-bedroom cabins, seven with views of the lake, also are available. With more than 15 miles of trails, the park offers many hiking, biking and horseback riding options. Visitor center exhibits trace the history of the area's gold mining and highlight the park's natural features. Nature and gold panning programs are popular, and the park offers guided tours of the Goodwin Gold Mine.
The campground offers sites with and without water and electric hookups, centrally located restrooms with hot showers, fire-rings, picnic tables and lantern holders. Half the sites may be specifically reserved; the rest are assigned upon arrival.
Campground check-in is at 4 p.m.; check-out is at 1 p.m.
Accepts outlets for 20, 30 and 50-amp current.
Firewood is for sale at the park office. Do not bring firewood.
Two vehicles, in addition to camping unit, are allowed at each campsite. Extra vehicles must park in parking lot and pay a parking fee.
Each campsite has a steel fire-ring that can be used for cooking and campfires.
Visitors to overnight guests must leave the park by 10 p.m. and are required to pay the daily parking fee.
Quiet time is from 10 p.m. through 8 a.m.
Total sites of each type: STD, 23; E/W, 23
STD - No hookups, various equipment (tents, popups. RVs) up to 60 feet; bathhouse with hot showers. Tents must fit on 20’ x 25' tent pad.
E/W - Electric and water hookups for various equipment (tents, popups, RVs) up to 60 feet; bathhouse with hot showers. Tents must fit on a 20’ x 25' tent pad.
The park has 11 trails totaling more than 15 miles. All are for hiking with 12 miles designated as shared, multiple-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. All trails also allow travel in both directions. They pass over moderate terrain through mixed hardwood and pine forest. All trails except Big Woods, Pigeon Run and Gold Hill trails are rated "easy," those three are rated more difficult.
Between the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, guarded beach swimming is available for a fee. A snack bar and bathhouse also are available. 2019 hours are:
All weekends and holidays: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Weekdays May 27 - Aug. 9 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
The snack bar is open daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Aug. 11 - Labor Day hours will be determined based on renovations to the snack bar and bathhouse.
Weather and other issues may at times force suspension of guarded swimming. When guarded swimming is unavailable, guests may swim at the beach’s designated area but do so at their own risk. Swimming elsewhere in the park is not advised. Sun shelters are allowed on the grassy areas around the beach but not on the beach sand. Beach umbrellas are recommended for use there. Also, camping tents are not allowed in any day-use area.
Annual parking passes are available through the Customer Service Center or park. Discount swim coupons and annual swimming passes are available at the park only.
Day-use parking areas near the beach and picnic areas fill up rapidly on summer holidays. At such times, the park closes the park road to additional traffic until enough parking spots have been vacated. Park closure may remain in effect until 4 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Fishing: Lake Anna is well-known for its largemouth bass, crappie, bream. A variety of other freshwater fish can also be found. A valid Virginia fishing license is required. A 2-acre fishing pond designed for children and disabled persons only is located near the visitor center. Also, a public boat launching ramp is available, along with many areas for bank fishing. Call 1-800-933-PARK to purchase an annual boat launch passport.
None, but there are bridle trails. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park.