• How a Prison and a Park Became Neighbors in Prince George County Virginia

    A plan comes together.
    It all began in 1991 when 25 acres that was set aside for a park adjacent to the land that would house a regional jail.  The creation of the park was championed by FOLAR (Friends of the Lower Appomattox River) in 2003. FOLAR volunteer leadership partnered with Prince George County, Riverside Regional Jail and hundreds of other volunteers from industry, military, civic organizations and private citizens to make the park a reality.
    Today this park is known as the Appomattox River Regional Park and has grown to over 65 acres with over a mile of trails that is an important piece of a large trail system called the Appomattox River Trail, aka ART. This quiet, shaded trail features education, a river side pavilion, 2 restroom facilities, a handicapped accessible overlook, a stone bridge, birding observations deck, fishing pier. canoe/kayak launch and a 10 station “fit trail” with something for every member of your family.
    Healthy lifestyles, outdoor recreation, open spaces, leisure amenities contribute to the quality of life in Hopewell and Prince George Virginia. We can’t wait to help you begin your exploration with a stop at the Visitor Welcome Center.