County Parks

 
If you haven't already noticed, Amherst County is becoming well-known and popular for its scenic beauty and natural settings. The county maintains several parks in attractive locations, be it on the historic James River or at the foot of the fabulous Blue Ridge Mountains. Pack a picnic, gather the fishing gear, round up the family, and make it a point to visit each park.

*County park hours are one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset. [Please note that county code stipulates that consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited on all county property.]
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COOLWELL PARK

Located on Coolwell Road, south of the Town of Amherst, this recreational park has a picnic area with grills, a play area for children, restrooms, lighted all-purpose fields (soccer, football, and softball), outdoor basketball courts, radio-controlled raceway, a nature trail, and an outdoor amphitheater. The community center located at the park is available to civic organizations and school groups on a reservation basis. It is also available for rent to private individuals on a reservation (rental fee) basis. For additional information, call the Recreation Department.  
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MONACAN PARK

This park is located on the scenic and historic James River. The park offers a boat ramp and small dock for boat access to the river, a covered picnic pavilion and picnic area, a play area for children, and restroom facilities. It is located in the Elon area of the county.
Directions: take Rt. 130 W. to Elon. Turn left on Monacan Park Rd. The park is located at the end of Monacan Park Road.  
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RIVEREDGE PARK

Located at the base of Rocky Hill Road, on the James River, this park currently offers boat and fishing access to the James River. Other amenities include a playground and the Sara Lu Christian Walking Trail beside the James River. 
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MILL CREEK LAKE

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park is considered by many residents to be the most scenic and is extremely popular with the fishermen! It rests on a 190-acre watershed lake open for fishing (no gasoline-powered boats allowed) and a small beach area for swimming. It consists of a boat ramp, floating dock, swing jump, picnic tables, grills, a play area for children, and restroom facilities. Directions: turn onto Rt. 778 off of Rt. 60 west. Turn right on Rt. 610. Follow the
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STONEHOUSE LAKE PARK

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park rests on a beautiful 41-acre Watershed lake and is open for fishing only. A boat ramp provides access to the lake (no gasoline-powered boats allowed). A covered picnic pavilion, picnic tables, grills, a play area for children, and restroom facilities make this park an attractive setting for family/group picnics and activities. Directions: turn on Rt. 778 off of Rt. 60 W. Turn left onto Rt. 610. Follow the signs. 

THRASHERS LAKE PARK

Located in the Temperance area of the county, this park rests on an attractive 36-acre watershed lake open for fishing only. It consists of a boat ramp (no gasoline-powered boats allowed), picnic tables and grills, a play area for children, and restroom facilities.    Directions: turn onto Rt. 778 off of Rt. 60 W. Turn left on Rt 610. Follow the signs. 
 

If you need assistance with Grounds and Parks & Trails (this would include grounds maintenance, parks maintenance, or litter and trash concerns), please let us know by using the Grounds Maintenance Work Request. 

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