The 2,698-acre Occoneechee State Park is a perfect place to experience the Great Outdoors. It is located on the peaceful banks of the Buggs Island Lake and offers plenty of opportunities for hiking, boating, biking and horseback riding. BBOnline is glad to show you around the park.
Occoneechee State Park
1192 Occoneechee Park Road
Clarksville, Virginia 23927
A Wealth of Trees and Wildlife
Nature lovers will enjoy the wide variety of trees in the park such as red oak, black cherry, American beech, red bud, dogwood, Virginia pine and shagbark hickory. In the underbrush you'll find low sweet blueberry, hog peanut, wild yam, rattlesnake fern, Virginia heartleaf, Solomon's seal and many more plants.
As for fauna, 51 species of mammal inhabit the park along with 255 bird species including the endangered Kirtland's warbler, peregrine falcon and the redcockaded woodpecker. There's a healthy population of butterflies too in the Occoneechee State Park. Indulging in the countless delights of the Great Outdoors is easy when you stay at a Boydton Bed and Breakfast.
Big Oak Nature Trail
This 0.8-mile hiking trail cuts through oak groves with 200-year-old trees. It's a moderate level hike and great for birdwatching.
Mossey Creek Nature Trail
This easy 0.7-mile partially multi-use trail is excellent for viewing wildlife. It goes through forests of ash, oak, sweet gum and loblolly pine and there are several bridge crossings of Mossey Creek.
Campground B Connection Trail
A trail of moderate difficulty, this 0.2-mile hike starts at the Occonneechee Plantation and goes up a small hill. The hill has unmarked graves of the slaves who probably worked on the plantation.
Old Plantation Trail
For a glimpse of a 19th century plantation check out this easy 1.2-mile self guided interpretive trail which takes you to what used to be the William Townes Occonneechee Plantation. You'll walk through the woods and see the ruins of many buildings that were part of the plantation. You'll also see the family cemetery and the terraced gardens with some of the original plants including tall boxwoods.
Tutelo Birding Trail
A trail of moderate difficulty, this hike in the Occoneechee State Park takes you through different habitats rich with birdlife. Enjoy the pines and hardwoods and birds like warblers, eastern bluebirds, cardinals, wild turkeys and red tailed hawks. The trail leads to an observation platform from where you can see fields, forests and more birds.
Panhandle Multi Use Trail
Travel along an abandoned service road through fields specially designed to attract wildlife (a highly successful venture as you'll see) and forests of hardwood and pine. The best time to hike or ride this trail is spring or fall.
The park closes this 7.5-mile moderate level gravel trail when the lake waters rise to a certain level. The trail is closed to horseback riders at certain times of the year. So check before setting out.
Boating in Occoneechee State Park
You can boat, canoe or kayak on Buggs Island Lake throughout the year. Motorboats are allowed and there are also boat launching ramps. After a day out on the water, retiring to your cozy Boydton Inn for the night feels like heaven.