We have decided to hold our first Arcadia Gathering at Bear Creek State Park in Cumberland, Virginia (less than an hour west of Richmond, VA). 

Bear Creek LakeThe campground features a group campsite, individual campsites, cabins, and lodges.  We have reserved the group campsite which includes six picnic tables, a large pedestal grill, and a stone fire pit surrounded by three benches. The group campsite allows up to 36 people and up to 10 tents.  If we get more than 36 attendees or 10 tents, we can reserve additional campsites that allow two tents and up to six people per site. 

Depending on interest, we may consider reserving the bunkhouse adjacent to the group campsite.  The bunk house has seven bunk beds and allows up to 14 people.  The park also includes a 40 acre lake, picnic shelter, trails, swimming (weather dependent), an archery range, and they rent out canoes, kayaks, rowboats, paddle boats, and other boats.

There are two bathhouses in the campground with hot running water.

There is limited parking at the campsites with overflow parking near the main park office. 

There are no grocery stores or restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the park, but there are some nearby. 

Bear Creek Market is near the entrance of the park at the corner of Trent’s Mill Road and 629.  They offer gas, convenience items, and convenience food. 

The closest restaurants and grocery stores are located 6-10 minutes away along Route 60.

Average temperature reports for Cumberland, VA in October show highs in the mid-70s and and lows in the mid-40s.

Directions:

The address is 22 Bear Creek Lake Road, Cumberland, VA 23040.

Bear Creek State Park is approximately 3 hours form Northern Virginia, 1 hour from Richmond, 2 hours from Roanoke, and 3 hours from Hampton Roads. 

The park is about 4.5 miles northwest of the town of Cumberland. From U.S. Route 60, go west on Route 622 and south on Route 629 to the park entrance.

Note: Those coming from the west and using GPS may be directed through a gravel-covered section of Oak Hill Rd. through the Cumberland State Forest. They should instead continue on Route 60 East through the Cumberland Courthouse area and then turn left on Trents Mill Rd. (Route 622) to reach the park's main entrance.