Virginia’s new Machicomoco State Park in Gloucester County is the first to honor the state’s native tribes. On 645 acres overlooking the York River, the area is closely associated with the Powhatan Chiefdom that connected Algonquian-speaking Virginia Indians before the English arrived. An open-air pavilion shares history of the tribes through displays and a walking path in the landscape. For true outdoorsy types, the camping includes 13 full-service sites that can accommodate big RVs, 14 walk-in primitive sites and even three yurts. Other amenities include paved and wooded trails for hiking and biking, picnic shelters, a car-top boat launch pier and a larger boat slip. Machicomoco - an Algonquin term for “a special meeting place” - is Virginia’s 40th state park. Who says turning 40 is bad?
Road Trip: A park with meaning