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March 8, 2017

News article was published by The Virginia Pilot (link below), hard copy was in Thursday, March 9 paper, supporting the need to improve the conditions in Chesapeake’s Northwest River Park.

Please visit the link and comment on the article (at the bottom). The more people that voice their support or concerns for the park, one of the few local places to ride, the better the chances are of seeing improvements.

If you have trouble leaving a comment at PilotOnline, you can email your comments to;

Chesapeake Parks & Rec. at

Chesapeake’s City Manager at

Chesapeake’s City Council at


January 11, 2017

From VAHorseTrails on Facebook

Campers - I received bad news today. Virginia State Parks made the decision to close the primitive Canoe Launch equestrian campground at James River State Park (JRSP). This decision was without any formal stakeholder input or opportunities to look at possible solutions to the problems. The reasons I was given by the reservations office were that “…many people are walking through that area now for river access and going up to the horses creating a dangerous situation, people complained because we wouldn’t allow them to use generators any more. After the generator rule went into effect, fewer people were renting it too.”
This means that we lost 6 of the 16 campsites and 6 stalls at JRSP. Also, subtract 1 site at the Horseshoe campground that is now occupied by a camp host and we are left with 9 campsites and 20 stalls total.
If you have concerns about this decision, you may communicate them to key DCR staff. Contact information can be found here

July 2014
  Girl Scout Sarah McNally completed her Gold Award project at Northwest River Park!  She made several improvements to our equestrian area and trails.  Equestrian trails have been remarked and named, a mounting block and another hitching post were built, and display case revamped with glass case by restrooms.  Local girl and boy scouts have donated countless hours of their time making significant enhancements to the trails and equestrian area of Northwest River Park.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  :)



July 2013

Summons have been issued at Petersburg National Battlefield Park for the following violations:   

  1. Riding along the creeks, not just watering (causing excess horse manure in creeks)
  2. Violating the eagle nest trail restrictions (trails currently open until eagles return in December)
  3. Riding on the Park Tour Road (observed between Stops 3 and 4 and other places)
  4. Riding on Red Trails (trail maps with color coded trails designated, available at horse parking area)
  5. Entering the park after hours and riding (Park grounds open from 8am-Sunset daily, except: New Year's day, Thanksgiving and Christmas)

 Please report any violations to the Park Rangers at (757)898-2427. 



Taking in views at Lost River State Park