District Spotlight: Matoaca

Matoaca is Chesterfield’s largest district, the northern boundary of which touches all of the county’s other districts. It is bordered to the south by the Appomattox River. The district is named after the Pamunkey princess Matoaka, better known by her nickname, Pocahontas. It is reputed that her girlhood home and the village in which she grew up in is situated within the area.

The densely wooded district is home to 17 parks and sports facilities totaling over 1,100 acres. It also encompasses John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area and parts of Pocahontas State Park. 

Key Attractions

Image Credit: Metro Richmond Zoo

Metro Richmond Zoo

The Richmond Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals representing 190 species from around the globe. It is accredited by the Zoological Association of America. Across its 150 acres you’ll find animals such as a Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Black Bear, Bactrian Camel, African Penguins, Chilean Flamingos and much more!

Image Credit: Chesterfield County

Pocahontas State Park

At 7,919 acres, Pocahontas State Park is Virginia’s largest state park. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities at the park including hiking, biking, picnicking, swimming and camping. Swift Creek Lake and Beaver Lake provide excellent wildlife viewing and fishing opportunities. Families with little ones won’t want to miss the epic splash pad at the Aquatic Recreation Area in the summer!

John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area

Situated along the Appomattox River, John J. Radcliffe Conservation Area consists of 97 acres of woodlands and swamplands, 1.5 miles of trail and over 500 feet of elevated boardwalk throughout the property. Visitors can explore by water via a launch pad, or land in a diverse environment of maple, sycamore, sweetgum, oak, ash and pine trees. 

Looking to learn more about Matoaca? Check out this blog post for Matoaca District Supervisor Kevin Carroll’s overview of the district.