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Bounded by the James and Appomattox rivers with 3,000-acre Lake Chesdin on its southern border and Swift Creek in the western section, Chesterfield is an ideal location for fishing and water sports. The Dutch Gap Conservation Area, believed to be the only such site operated by a county government in the country, offers a bounty of birds, fish and waterfowl, as well as raccoon, muskrat, groundhog and deer. It is home to a rare blue heron rookery, bald eagles and songbirds such as the yellow-throated warbler. You'll also find Pocahontas State Park, named after the famous Indian Princess, where families are welcome to picnic, bike and hike, camp and swim.
Here, there's an abundance of historical landmarks and sites, including the 1611 Citie of Henricus, Magnolia Grange, the Courthouse Complex and Castlewood. Civil War sites include Drewry's Bluff, Howlett Line Park, Parker's Battery, Fort Darling Battlefield Park, Bermuda Hundred and more.
Chesterfield County is located just one hour from Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement; Washington, D.C., Virginia Beach and the Blue Ridge Parkway are just two hours away; and Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens theme parks are both less than an hour away.
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SKYLINE DRIVE... The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.
As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.
The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.