Powhatan County: A Rural Gem

Powhatan County, Virginia, invites you to experience its scenic and pristine beauty, with an environment perfect for escaping the city, while offering exciting opportunities for cultural and outdoor recreational adventures!

Nestled in the green countryside just 20 miles west of Richmond, Powhatan is rich in historic, natural and outdoor recreational resources. Formed in 1777 and named after Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas, Powhatan County claims five sites on Virginia's Civil War Trails, including Lee's Last Bivouac and his post-war home at Derwent.

Powhatan has 17 properties and 2 Historic Districts on the National Register of Historic Places, including the quaint, historic Courthouse Village, backdrop for countless events, such as the annual Festival of the Grape, an October event attracting more than 20 Virginia wineries and thousands of visitors; and the Powhatan Farmers Market (May through October), featuring fresh produce, specialty foods, local artwork and music.

The Village also features three restaurants, specialty shops and music venues, as well as the Historical Society's Museum.

Fighting Creek Park is home to the State's longest Disc Golf Course, a beautiful hiking trail featuring a scenic waterfall, and state-of-the-art athletic facilities.

James River Float Company offers canoe and kayak rentals, as well as sunset batteau cruises, on the James River, the County's northern border.

There are hunting and/or fishing opportunities at Powhatan Lakes, the Powhatan Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and on the Appomattox River, the County's southern border.

For horse enthusiasts, there are 25-miles of horseback riding trails at Historic Belmead and more than a dozen miles meandering through more than 4,000-acres at the Powhatan WMA.

The annual Powhatan Historic Bike Tour held in April, features rides of 30-, 60- and 100-miles, touching historic sites along the way.

In 2011, ground was broken for the first Phase of the Powhatan State Park on the James, scheduled to open for day-use this year.