Chippokes State Park

Rain was in the forecast for this weekend camping trip. But we pressed on with the knowledge that this park is full of history-learning opportunities that cannot be dampened by the weather.

Chippokes State Park sits on the James River directly across from historic Jamestown. This park is another one that isn’t too far away from our home and could easily be included on our list of parks for quick weekend camping trips. The shoreline is beautiful and fun to explore. The museum is expansive and fascinating. The mansion is fun and educational. The campsites are shady with great hammock spots. And the cornfields surrounding historic cabins, pastures filled with cows, and pens of various farm animals provide a unique camping experience. 

In operation since 1619, Chippokes is one of America’s oldest continually farmed plantations. 1619, folks. Such rich history in this place. The mind is certain to wander to a long-ago era as legs wander the grounds of this incredibly neat park. The Jones-Stewart Mansion Tour was the indoor activity highlight for us, and fossil and shark teeth hunting at the James River Beach was the outdoor activity highlight (even in the chilly wind!). Tip: This is another place to pull out those sifters to aid in the shark teeth search. We did not find that they were as plentiful as they are at Westmoreland State Park, however. 

We may not have seen much of the sunshine during our visit, but fun unique experiences definitely shine at this park!

Fast Facts (and Opinions)

Location: Chippokes State Park - Surry, VA

Equipment: Travel Trailer

Date: Memorial Day Weekend 2023

Weather: Chilly, rainy, and windy

Kid-Friendly: Yes (ours were ages 10 and 9)

Dog-Friendly: Yes (We now have two! This was our adopted 12-year-old Shih Tzu's first camping trip.)

Site: A25


Cell Service: Yes (Verizon)

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