Finding PokemonGo in Virginia

by Patricia Keppel | Posted: Jul 18, 2016

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Squirtle at the Tavern in Abingdon

Virginia must be the hottest place to find Pokémon in the country, if not the world!  With all of the historic sites, state parks and outdoor recreation, there are pokestops and gyms nearly everywhere you look. We asked our friends around Virginia where to go to catch them all, and these were the spots that stood out for some of the best PokemonGo action. Tell us, where have you caught the best Pokémon in Virginia?

 

Bristol – State Street

Go back and forth between Tennessee and Virginia as you look for rare Pokémon, or battle it out with other players at one of the gyms right off of State Street.

Local Hotspots: Bristol Herald Courier, State Street

Pokémon Spotted: Bulbasaur, Venonat, Eevee

 

Williamsburg

Several less common Pokémon have been spotted in this historic Virginia area, especially at Colonial Williamsburg!

Local Hotspots: Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg Premium Outlets, Busch Gardens, William & Mary campus

Pokémon Spotted: Krabby, Paras, Beedrill, Rattata, Pinsir, Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Eevee, Jigglypuff

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Paras in Colonial Williamsburg

 

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Pidgey at the Jefferson

City of Richmond

The Capital of the Commonwealth has a rich history, and since the game is built around important locations, you can be sure to discover Pokémon around every corner of the city.

Local Hotspots: Canal Walk, Brown’s Island, Downtown area and the Capitol Grounds, The Jefferson, Carytown, VCU campus,

Pokémon Spotted: Zubat, Eevee, Pidgey, Pikachu, Psyduck

 

Roanoke

If you are in Roanoke, Center in the Square is crawling with Pokemon, and if you need to take a break, there are many restaurants in the district to grab a bite to eat.

Local Hotspots: Hotel Roanoke, The Historic City Market

Pokémon Spotted: Squirtle, Bulbasaur

 

Blacksburg’s Historic District

Blacksburg is a college town, but the Virginia Tech campus is not the only place you’ll find Pokémon. Walk the Historic District to discover some of the less common Pokémon.

Local Hotspots: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Farmers Market

Pokémon Spotted: Goldeen, Kingler, Zubat, Fearow

 

Abingdon Historic District

In the mountains of Virginia, Abingdon is already a beautiful place to hike, but bring your phone along and you may be able to capture a few Pokémon.

Local Hotspots: The Tavern, Heartwood

Pokémon Spotted: Squirtle, Clefairy

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Clefairy at Heartwood

 

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Venonat at Downtown Mall

Old Town Winchester

Local Hotspots: Historic Downtown Walking Mall,

Pokémon Spotted: Flareon, Scyther

 

Charlottesville

Charlottesville is home to Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia (the official rival for the Virginia Tech Hokies), and walking the college campus will reveal a slew of Pokémon. The Downtown Mall is also a popular spot for locals to catch them all!

Local Hotspots: The Downtown Mall, University of Virginia campus

Pokémon Spotted: Venonat

 

Virginia State Parks

Pokestops can be found at Trail Markers and Historic Landmarks throughout all Virginia State Parks.

Local Hotspots: With 36 total Virginia State Parks, you can find a park near you to go on the hunt.

 

Virginia Beach

Walk up and down the three mile boardwalk on the Atlantic Ocean to find many water-based Pokémon or visit the Virginia Aquarium to catch some Pokémon.

Local Hotspots: Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Beach Boardwalk, Red Wing Park

Pokémon Spotted: Pinsir, Krabby, Rattata, Slowpoke, Squirtle, Doduo, Oddish, Psyduck

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 Doduo at Virginia Beach Boardwalk

 

Here are a few other places around Virginia that you can catch Pokémon:

Walkerton Tavern—Glen Allen

Pokémon Spotted: Scyther

Walkerton_Tavern

 

 

Valley Turnpike Museum—Harrisonburg

Pokémon Spotted: Weedle

 

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Ben Lomond Staryu

The Zone—Ashburn

Pokémon Spotted: Poliwag, Kakuneus, Abra

 

Stratford Hall—Stratford

Pokémon Spotted: Zubat, Caterpie, Rattata, Venonat

 

Ben Lomond Historic Site—Manassas

Pokémon Spotted: Staryu

 

Riverwalk Landing—Historic Yorktown

Pokémon Spotted: Magikarp, Caterpie

 

Luray Caverns—Luray

Pokémon Spotted: Nidoran

 

Clarke Palmore—Henrico

Pokémon Spotted: Growlithe

Clarke_Palmore

 

The Speakeasy—Luray

Pokémon Spotted: Eevee

 

Fredericksburg Visitor Center—Fredericksburg

Pokémon Spotted: Eevee

 

Morven Park—Leesburg

Pokémon Spotted: Vulpix

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Jigglypuff at Mosaic District

Lansdowne Resort—Leesburg

Pokémon Spotted: Bellsprout

 

Mosaic District—Fairfax

Pokémon Spotted: Jigglypuff

 

Ridgeview Park—Waynesboro

Pokémon Spotted: Rattata

 

Gadsby’s Tavern Museum—Alexandria

Pokémon Spotted: Staryu

 

Pokémon are constantly on the move, so you won’t necessarily find the listed Pokémon at these awesome Virginia attractions, but you are sure to catch a few while visiting these hot spots. When all else fails or you only have an hour to kill, hit up your local city or county park, as these are frequently full of Pokémon. Let us know where you have found the rarest Pokémon throughout Virginia below, and be sure to post your screenshots on the Virginia is for Lovers Facebook page, as well!

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Michael Meunier
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I had some good luck at both Welcome centers on 64 in New Kent. Caught a Bulbasaur, Tangella, and Poliwag there and have spotted a Scyther and Pinsir

justonewomansopinioncom
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Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are great for finding rare Pokemon. There’s something at just about every overlook. But don’t forget to catch the views too.

Caroline Bateson
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Please discourage people from playing PokemonGo at Civil War battlefield sites and at memorial sites. It is very disrespectful to see this happening where thousands of soldiers died and impacts on the atmosphere at these sites. As a visitor to Virginia for my Summer vacation I have been appalled by the disrespect and selfishness shown in the last week by Pokemon players at some key battlefield sites including Manassas, Petersburg and Antietam

Matt
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LOL…. hahahaha

Mytwocents
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By playing Pokémon go with my children we are constantly using the Civil War trails and battlefields but as with any other situation I teach my children what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior. We Play our game but I also take the time to read the markers and teach the children about what we are seeing and where we are. We have learned so much just in the last few days that we never knew. We have had wonderful opportunities to meet new people, even people who were descendants of the soldiers who fought in the civil War. I find… Read more »
Ttangent
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Totally agree! While it can appear disrespectful, it is a great tool for education and discovery. It is an ice breaker/conversation starter between strangers and across generations. Keep an open mind and you will find many, though certainly not all, are doing more than play Pokemon Go.

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