Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest

The Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest is a state forest located in the Piedmont of Virginia. Its are covered with a mix of oak-hickory and pine forest. Dominant tree species include many oaks (white, chestnut, black, northern red, southern red and scarlet), hickories (mockernut and pignut), yellow-poplar, red maple, and pines (loblolly, shortleaf, and Virginia). Map and directions


The State Forests of Virginia are self-supporting and receive no taxpayer funds for operations. Operating funds are generated from the sale of forest products, demonstrating the value of good forestry practices. The forest is also used for applied research on best forest management practices. The forest contains over a hundred acres of seed orchards. These are used for the production of improved pine seed for the Department of Forestry's tree nurseries.

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the revenue received from the sale of forest products is returned to the counties in which a forest is located.


The Carter-Taylor Trail is open for walking, hiking, horses, and mountain bikes. All motorized vehicles are prohibited on state forest lands. Trails are marked by blue blazes painted on trees approximately every 150-200 yards. The forest also has various gated trails and forest roads that can be used.

Holliday Lake State Park, operated by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, is located within the Forest. The park offers camping, picnicking, swimming, boating, and hiking. Permanent campsites are installed inside the park.


A geocache is located on the forest. The title of the cache is “Farming, Forestry, and Bygone Days”, and it is considered a multiple or series geocache. The first waypoint for “Farming, Forestry, and Bygone Days” is N 37° 24.421 W 078° 45.096

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