Buckingham County is located in the heart of central Virginia. The county is bounded on the north by the James River and on the south by the Appomattox River. With vast woodlands, an abundance of mineral deposits, and a plentiful water supply, the county offers extensive economic development opportunities. Richmond, the state capital, is sixty-three miles east; the City of Charlottesville is forty-five miles north; the City of Lynchburg is thirty-eight miles southwest; Washington, D.C. is one-hundred seventy-three miles north; and, the Port of Hampton Roads is one-hundred fifty-eight miles southeast.
Buckingham County residents enjoy a wide assortment of recreational and cultural activities. James River State Park, located in the northwest section of the County, encompasses 1,500 acres adjacent to the James River. The park has primitive camping, regular camping, a camping lodge (bunkhouse), cabins and lodges, and nearly twenty miles of multi-use trails for biking, hiking, and bridle use. In addition, James River State Park has three fishing ponds and three miles of river frontage, including a canoe launch in Canoe Landing Campground and a trailer boat launch at Dixon Landing. A fishing pier and Green Hill Trail are wheelchair accessible.
Swimming, fishing, and camping are available at Holliday Lake State Park located within the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. For the hunter, the Buckingham-Appomattox State Forest permits turkey, deer, and small game hunting in season.
Additional recreational activities are available nearby at Bear Creek Lake State Park, nestled in the Cumberland State Forest. Activities at the Park center on the forty-acre lake complete with a boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals, and a swimming beach. The Park offers camping, cabins, a meeting facility, archery range, lakeside picnicking, playgrounds, hiking, and access to a fourteen-mile multi-use trail in the state forest.
Many hunt clubs are located in the county and provide hunting and social activities to their members. In addition, excellent canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities abound. The county manages a community park that has tennis facilities, playing fields, picnic areas, and a fishing pond. For golf enthusiasts, the Farmville Country Club operates a 9-hole golf course. The nearby Appomattox Country Club also offers membership to Buckingham County residents and operates an 18-hole golf course. The Manor Resort & Golf Club, in nearby Farmville, was chosen as one of the “Best New Golf Courses of 2007” by Golf Digest Magazine.
Many county residents attend the various cultural and athletic events that are sponsored by area colleges and universities. The county’s close proximity to Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond also enables residents to enjoy the numerous cultural, educational, and entertainment activities that can be found in these metropolitan areas.
County residents are served by medical facilities located in nearby Farmville, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Richmond. Heritage Hall, a sixty bed long-term care nursing home is located in the town of Dillwyn. In addition, several physicians and dentists maintain practices in Buckingham County. A regional library containing 30,000 volumes has branches in Dillwyn and Farmville. Other library facilities available for public use include the libraries at Longwood University, Hampden-Sydney College, and Southside Virginia Community College.
The area has a variety of shopping opportunities. A number of retail and service-oriented stores are located at Buckingham Courthouse and Dillwyn. Additional shopping opportunities are available in Farmville, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond.