Lake Anna State Park
Spotsylvania, VA

Park Size: 2,810 acres with 10 miles of lake frontage. Lake size: 13,000 acres.

The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine. Gold was first discovered in 1829 with mining reaching its peak in the 1880s. In 1971, Lake Anna was created to serve as a water coolant for Virginia Power's nuclear plant. In 1972, work began on the acquisition and development of a water-oriented state park. Lake Anna State Park opened in 1983.

The land in Lake Anna State Park used to be known as "Gold Hill" and contained the Goodwin Gold Mine.

Lake Anna State Park has rental cabins, camping, more than 15 miles of hiking trails, lakeshore picnicking, a guarded swimming beach, a children’s play area, a boat ramp, a food concession stand, a bathhouse and a children’s and handicapped fishing pond.

A swimming beach, snack bar concession and bathhouse are available to the public during the summer. The beach can accommodate several hundred visitors per day and there are lifeguards on duty.

The visitor center has wildlife and historical exhibits as well as varying interpretive displays on gold mining. Be sure to visit the Gold Mine Gift Shop for a Lake Anna souvenir.

Programs are held Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day and on various weekends the rest of the year. Programs include canoe tours, panning for gold, gold mine tours, children in nature, geo-caching and more.

Environmental Education Pavilion: This pavilion and surround facilities - outdoor classroom, Old Pond Trail, the pond, the visitor center and the campfire circle - offer groups places to teach people about the natural world around them. Training for teachers and volunteers is available on request; the Piedmont edition of Your Backyard Classrooms is now available. Please contact park staff at least four weeks prior to your group's planned visit so staff can help meet your educational request.

Lake Anna State Park,
6800 Lawyers Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22551-9645
Phone: (540) 854-5503

LOCATION: The park lies adjacent to Route 601 off Route 208, 25 miles southwest of Fredericksburg and 60 miles northwest of Richmond.

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email

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