Sandy Point State Forest

The 2,053-acre Sandy Point State Forest is located in King William County, approximately 13 miles southeast of Central Garage off Route 30 at the end of Route 641.

All state forests are managed by the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) for multiple-use purposes, including watershed protection, recreation, timber production, hunting, fishing, and applied forest research.

The state forests are self-supporting (no taxes are used to operate the system) and generate income through the sale of timber. Hunting stamps, which allow hunters to hunt on the forest, are also sold. One-fourth of all income generated by the forest is returned to the county.

Funding from the Forest Legacy Program permitted the VDOF to purchase the property from The Nature Conservancy in 2002. This program protects and manages important forests threatened by conversion to non-forest uses.

Sandy Point State Forest is characterized by abundant water resources. There are 180 acres of tidal wetland and 288 acres of non-tidal wetland in the forest. The forest has approximately four-miles of frontage on the Mattaponi River. There are five miles of perennial streams, and three miles of intermittent streams with associated areas of wetland.

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Use Permit | Parking/Hours | Recreation |Regulations

Forest Features

  • Lat-Long: 37° 40’ 7.3”, 76° 57’ 1.5”

Forest Management

  • The Sandy Point State Forest will be managed to address these principles. Future management will focus on demonstration of scientific forest management, applied forest research, development of diverse wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and development of varied timber stands that support diversity and provide for passive outdoor recreation.
  • Forest types typically associated with the coastal plain of Virginia will be maintained. Soil type and potential productivity will guide changes in forest type. Areas will be converted from pine to hardwood to create a desirable “mixed” stand of pine and hardwood. Natural succession processes from pine to hardwood will be the primary method of conversion.
  • Initial timber sales will harvest poor quality timber with the least potential for growth. Using biologically and economically sustainable forest management practices and techniques, the forest will develop and improve its wildlife habitats, timber production capacity and recreational possibilities.

State Forest Use Permit

A State Forest Use Permit may be required for visitors to the state forests.

Parking/Hours of Operation

  • Open daily from dawn to dusk.
  • Email the forest personnel.

Recreation Opportunities

All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)

Motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited on all of the state forests.


  • Camping is not allowed.


  • Canoeing is permitted.


  • A Virginia fishing license is required within the Forest.


  • There are 11.5 miles of roads and three miles of forest trails that are open for walking, hiking, horses, and mountain bikes. All motorized vehicles are prohibited on state forest lands.

Horseback Riding

  • Horses are permitted on the forest.
  • Coggins Test Certificates must be available for each horse on State lands.
  • We recommend that equestrians dismount and lead their horse over bridges and across streams.


  • Hunting is permitted on the Sandy Point State Forest. All persons, except those legally exempt under Virginia law, must carry a valid Virginia hunting license AND a State Forest Use Permit to hunt or trap on the forest.
  • In the interest of recruiting new hunters by providing better vehicle access, VDOF and DGIF will open the main  road only (Sandy Point Forest Road) on Sandy Point State Forest on YOUTH AND APPRENTICE WEEKEND  (April 7,  4 a.m. until 4 p.m.) for spring gobbler hunting only.  Please park along the main road on the shoulder and do not block traffic. Please do not block other vehicles or other side gates. Please plan to leave the forest by 3 p.m. Vehicles breaking these rules will be towed the owners expense.  All state hunting regulations apply.
  • Duck hunting is permitted on this forest.
    • Twelve stationary blinds are located along the Mattaponi River on the state forest property.
    • Only two of the blinds are accessible by land, but they are a mile from the parking area at the gate.
    • All of the blinds are on a “first come, first serve” basis.
    • Floating blinds are permitted. Keep in mind DGIF regulation wording, “floating blinds may be positioned no closer than 500 yards to any other licensed blind, whether it is occupied or not.”
    • Many of the blinds can be flooded on some high tides. You can tie to them with a floating blind if needed. If ice, or any other barriers, prevent access to the duck blinds, you must be careful not to hunt near the houses on the King and Queen County side of the river (the north side).

State Forest hunting regulations and seasons follow those of the county in which the State Forest is located.

Upland and waterfowl hunting are available on a “first come, first serve” basis only.

Hunting areas are clearly shown on the Hunter's Map. Hunting is prohibited in the following locations, and the surrounding areas of these locations:

  • Lodge and Pond recreational area
  • River recreational area

Wear blaze orange during hunting season.

State Forest Regulations

To ensure your safety, read our complete state forest regulations before visiting a forest.

  • No removal of any tree, plant or mineral.
  • Remove all trash.
  • Motorized vehicles of any type are prohibited
  • No camping or public display of alcohol.
  • No fireworks, campfires or open air fires of any type.
  • Lawful firearms are permitted.
  • Hunting is permitted with a valid State Forest Use Permit and valid hunting license in accordance with state hunting regulations.
  • Fishing in designated areas only in accordance with state fishing regulations.
  • Gasoline motorized boats are not permitted.
  • Vehicular traffic on established roads only; not permitted on gated roads.

Last modified: Tuesday, 19-May-2020 15:52:41 EDT