Tuesday, May 31, 2016

James River State Park

Fri (5/20) to Wed (5/25):

We spent five days at the James River State Park. The state park is located along the James River north of Appomattox. We only had to travel 30 miles to make it from our campground in Appomattox to the state park. The park opened in 1999 and has about 15 miles of trails that can be used by hikers, mountain bikers or horses. The down side to this park is that we had no AT&T service so we were out of phone range along with no internet connection. The visitor center in the park has a public wifi that works OK to get your e-mails. We had hoped to do some hiking while we were at the park, but it rained every day we were there so the trails we muddy. The park is very hilly and so you are walking either uphill or downhill. The James River was up and running very fast so we were not able to put our kayak in the water there. We did some walking everyday but stayed on the pavement since the trails were wet.
Our site at the park.



We did take one day to travel over to Charlottesville Virginia which was about one and half hours north of the park. We picked up a few items at a local hardware store to repair the cover for our cooktop in the motorhome which had broke.

Charlottesville is a small town but it is home to the University of Virginia. There was a light mist off and on while we were in town, so our outdoor activities were limited. We were able to walk along a pedestrian mall located in the downtown area.
Court Square with statue honoring Confederate soldiers


There was a pedestrian mall that covered several blocks in downtown
Charlottesville that we walked.

One of the local shops

Madison, Jefferson & Monroes homes are located near Charlottesville.
On Tuesday we decided to walk to the top of the park to visit the Tye River Overlook. This where the Tye River runs into the James River. It is unusual because the junction of the two rivers is a "T" and not a "Y".
Tye River running into the James River

A view from the top.
Wednesday morning we packed everything up and make the trip up I-81 to New Market VA where we will spend Memorial Day weekend at the Endless Caverns RV Resort.