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					Virginia Department of   Conservation and Recreation
Governor’s Message
                                                                                 At a Glance
                                    Virginia has a rich and storied              Experiences to Remember
                                    history — from the Native                     Our parks offer programs, events and activities that allow you to
                                    Virginians who greeted the                    explore nature and history every day of the year. Our 35 state parks
                                    first settlers in 1607, through               have trails, beaches, scenic picnic spots, interpretive programs, visitor
                                    the Civil War, to the Depres-
                                                                                  centers, museums, gift shops and more to make your visit special.
                                    sion-era Civilian Conserva-
                                                                                  With so much to see and do, Virginia State Parks are perfect for a
                                    tion Corps creating what
                                                                                  short, relaxing picnic or a two-week vacation. The comfortable
                                    would become the first six
                                    Virginia State Parks. In many                 cabins, clean and safe campgrounds, and convenient meeting facili-
                                    ways, Virginia’s long, unique                 ties ensure that your park experience doesn’t end at sundown.
                                    history is America’s history,                Trails
                                    and that history can be found                 More than 500 miles of trails of varying difficulty crisscross Virginia’s
                                    in or near our award-winning                  state parks. The trails give hikers the chance to explore hardwood
                                    Virginia State Parks.
                                                                                  forests, coastal marshes and flowering meadows. Self-guided trails
This year we add another chapter to the history book as                           introduce visitors to the natural and cultural history of each area, and
we celebrate the 75th anniversary of our state parks —                            markers provide interesting and educational information. Horseback
and we intend to celebrate in style. On June 15, 1936,                            riders and bicyclists will find miles of bridle and bike trails in state
Virginia became the first state in the country to open an                         parks all across Virginia.
entire state park system on a single day. We’ll mark that
                                                                                  To view virtual tours of the trails, or to print trail maps, visit
occasion with a year-long celebration featuring special
                                                                                  www.virginiaoutdoors.com.
natural, historical and cultural programs, as well as
contests, prizes, discounts and even cake!                                       Boating and Fishing
                                                                                  Virginia State Parks offer access to the state’s four largest lakes as well
Virginia State Parks are safe, affordable and convenient
settings for you and your family to enjoy all types of                            as most major rivers, the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
recreation in the great outdoors.                                                 Smaller, man-made lakes in a number of parks are known for healthy
                                                                                  populations of smallmouth bass, trout, crappie and bream. At Douthat
With 35 parks in every region of our Commonwealth,                                Lake, anglers can fish for seasonally stocked trout for a daily fee.
you’ll find access to the mountains, the Chesapeake Bay,
                                                                                  A Virginia fishing license is required to fish in most state park waters.
the Atlantic Ocean and hundreds of miles of trails, rivers
and lakes.                                                                        Annual boat launch passes offer significant savings to frequent boaters.

Hundreds of campsites and cabins provide overnight                               Hunting
accommodations for a few nights, or a few weeks.                                  Open hunting is usually offered in designated areas of Grayson
                                                                                  Highlands, Kiptopeke, Occoneechee and Pocahontas state parks.
From concerts and festivals to canoe trips and camp-                              Special resource management hunts are held in Belle Isle, Caledon,
fires, there’s so much to see and do in our state parks                           Chippokes Plantation, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, False Cape,
that it’s no surprise people come back again and again,                           Grayson Highlands, James River, Kiptopeke, Lake Anna, Mason Neck,
year after year.                                                                  Natural Tunnel, Occoneechee, Pocahontas, Shenandoah River, Smith
Please accept my personal invitation to explore Virginia                          Mountain Lake, Staunton River and York River state parks. Our cabins
State Parks and experience our Commonwealth’s natural                             and campgrounds make excellent base camps for hunting in nearby
and cultural treasures.                                                           wildlife management areas and public forests.
                                                                                 Swimming
                                                  — Bob McDonnell                 The young and young at heart enjoy taking a relaxing, summertime
                                                 Governor of Virginia             dip at our parks. Beaches and pools at 16 state parks, complemented
                                                                                  by sunbathing areas, clean bathhouses and concession facilities, are
                                                                                  generally open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day
                                                                                  weekend. Overnight guests have free swimming privileges, except
                  Photographs on cover and pages 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 19
                  and 20 courtesy of Bill Crabtree Jr., Virginia Tourism Corp.



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 group cabin visitors at Pocahontas State Park. A small fee is charged          Natural and Cultural History
 to day visitors. Season passes and discounted swimming tickets offer            Virginia State Parks are more than beautiful; they’re educational, too.
 savings for frequent visitors.                                                  Visitor centers at nearly two dozen parks help guests learn about the
Picnicking                                                                       natural and cultural history of the region and Virginia.
 From an impromptu picnic to a special occasion, all parks have picnic           Several parks feature painstakingly restored, centuries-old build-
 tables and grills for outdoor dining. Picnic shelters and gazebos are avail-    ings open to the public. Tour an antebellum mansion at Chippokes
 able at most parks. Shelter rental reservations can be made by calling the      Plantation State Park, a 19th-century farmhouse at Sky Meadows
 Reservation Center at (800) 933-PARK (7275). When not reserved, most            State Park or an 1890s Victorian mansion at the Southwest Virginia
 shelters are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.      Museum State Park. Witness a Civil War living-history program at
                                                                                 Leesylvania, Sailor’s Creek Battlefield or Staunton River Battlefield
Camping and Cabins                                                               state parks. Discover Virginia’s frontier heritage at an authentically
 Camping is available in 25 parks, and 18 parks have cabins. Overnight
                                                                                 recreated 1770s fort at Wilderness Road State Park. Learn about the
 accommodations are perfect for family vacations, hunting and fish-
                                                                                 operations of a historic shot tower and visit the century-old mining
 ing trips, and memorable weekend getaways.
                                                                                 town of Foster Falls at New River Trail State Park. Tour an 1880s gold
 Virginia State Parks offer everything from primitive canoe or hike-in           mine at Lake Anna State Park.
 campgrounds to modern RV sites. Contact the Reservation Center for
                                                                                 There are few better places to observe wildlife in diverse habitats
 specific information, or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.
                                                                                 than Virginia State Parks, all of which are part of the Virginia Birding
Environmental Education                                                          and Wildlife Trail. Throughout spring, summer and fall, most parks
and Youth Programs                                                               offer nature and history programs for the whole family.
 Virginia State Parks are premiere environmental education sites.
                                                                                Adventure Programs and Festivals
 Schools, scouts, other civic groups and individuals are encouraged
                                                                                 Learn to take wildlife photographs. Hone your skills at a fly-fishing
 to come learn more about the great outdoors. Backyard Classroom
                                                                                 school. Pan for gold, take a wild cave tour or learn to backpack like
 programs, incorporating Virginia’s Standards of Learning, promote
                                                                                 the experts. Many state parks offer special programs and classes
 lifelong learning about Virginia’s natural wonders and historic trea-
                                                                                 that help participants better understand, appreciate and enjoy
 sures. They also help young people enjoy, appreciate and understand
                                                                                 the outdoors.
 the great outdoors. The Virginia State Parks Youth Conservation Corps
 offers a three-week public service program in the summer.                       Special programs, festivals, concerts and activities represent the best
                                                                                 Virginia State Parks have to offer. From traditional outdoor activities,
 False Cape State Park’s Wash Woods Environmental Education Center
                                                                                 such as canoeing, fishing clinics or night hikes, to arts and crafts fes-
 offers overnight facilities for schools and groups of up to 26. The
                                                                                 tivals, women’s wellness weekends and bluegrass concerts, visitors
 center is ideal for those interested in coastal barrier spit ecosystems
                                                                                 will find something to do in a Virginia State Park. Fees are charged
 or the cultural history of Virginia’s Outer Banks. Natural Tunnel’s Cove
                                                                                 for some programs, while others are free of charge.
 Ridge Center has overnight accommodations for up to 48 guests or
 students. It’s perfect for studying Southwest Virginia’s ecology, karst         Up-to-the-minute, comprehensive information is available at
 topography and the region’s rich cultural history.                              www.virginiastateparks.gov.
                                                                                Civilian Conservation Corps
                                                                                 Between 1933 and 1941, the Civilian Conser-
 Virginia Loves Campers is a partnership among Virginia State Parks, the         vation Corps left an indelible imprint on the
 Virginia Tourism Corp. and the Virginia Campground Association. Moun-           nation’s landscape. The CCC planted trees,
 tains, lakes, the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean beaches make                improved beaches and roads, and created 800
 Virginia one of America’s best camping destinations. This partnership           state parks, including 10 in Virginia.
 helps us better serve and inform campers of the unparalleled natural,
                                                                                 The parks built by the CCC are noted with a special logo in this publi-
 cultural and recreational resources in our state parks and across Virginia.
                                                                                 cation. The same logo is displayed on historic buildings in the parks.
 For a comprehensive list of all of Virginia’s campgrounds and camping
                                                                                 The CCC Museum at Pocahontas State Park celebrates the achieve-
 opportunities, visit www.virginia.org/camping. Also visit www.virgini-
                                                                                 ments of those who served in the CCC.
 acampgrounds.org for Virginia Campground Association information.



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                False Cape State Park                                                                     First Landing State Park


                Kiptopeke State Park                                                                                SPECIAL EVENTS
EastErN shorE


                On Virginia’s beautiful Eastern Shore, explored by Capt.            APRIL               Earth Day
                John Smith in 1608, Kiptopeke offers recreational access to         JUNE                Clean the Bay Day
                the Chesapeake Bay. It’s also a great place to explore                                  Kids Fishing Clinic
                unique migratory bird habitat along the Atlantic flyway.            OCTOBER             Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival
                The park has six-bedroom cabins, RV and tent camping, a                                                 LOCATION
                yurt (part cabin-part tent) and camping trailers. Guests also
                                                                                    3 miles north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on U.S. Route 13,
                enjoy the park’s boat ramp, lighted fishing pier, picnic            then west on State Route 704.
                areas, 5.1 miles of hiking and biking trails, playground,
                beach bathhouse and swimming beach. Seasonal interpre-
                tive and educational programs focus on natural history,
                birding and bay ecology.
hamptoN roads




                Kiptopeke State Park                                             Chippokes Plantation State Park


                Chippokes Plantation State Park                                    with a gift shop. It also provides opportunities to bike, hike,
                                                                                   ride horseback and picnic. Chippokes Plantation also offers
                Just across the James River from historic Jamestown, Chip-         wedding packages and meeting facilities.
                pokes Plantation is one of the oldest continually farmed
                plantations in the country. A working farm since 1619, the                                          SPECIAL EVENTS
                park offers modern recreational activities and a glimpse of         JUNE                Steam and Gas Engine Show
                life in a bygone era. Visitors tour the historic area with its      JULY                Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival
                antebellum mansion and outbuildings, stroll through formal          OCTOBER             Plantation Christmas Craft Festival
                gardens, and view antique equipment at the Chippokes Farm
                                                                                    DECEMBER            Christmas Open House
                and Forestry Museum. A campground and four overnight cot-
                tages allow visitors to stay on the historic grounds. The park                                          LOCATION
                has an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a visitor center             Access is via State Route 10 in Surry County.




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                                   York River State Park                                                                       York River State Park


False Cape State Park                                                     plants and wildlife, and maritime forest ecology. As one of




                                                                                                                                                       hamptoN roads
                                                                          the original six state parks dedicated in 1936, First Landing
Nestled between Back Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, False Cape               has a rich Civilian Conservation Corps heritage. The park is a
State Park is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas                 registered national landmark.
along the Atlantic coast. As the former home of Native Ameri-
cans, the historic Wash Woods community and a Coast Guard                 Cabins, water and electric hook-up campsites, picnic areas,
life saving station, False Cape honors the hardy souls who                boat ramps and a campstore with bicycle rentals are also
made a living from the sea.                                               available. The Chesapeake Bay Center houses historic exhib-
                                                                          its, educational displays, a wet lab and aquariums operated
The park offers an opportunity to experience nature in a unique,          by the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center. The new
primitive setting. Be prepared for weather conditions. Bring plen-        Trail Center, outdoor courtyard, pavilion and amphitheater
ty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent. False Cape features          can be rented for special events and weddings.
primitive camping, interpretive programs, hiking and biking
trails, and six miles of pristine Atlantic Ocean beach. The park is        NEW              Trail Center
accessible only by foot, bicycle, beach transport, tram or boat.                                        SPECIAL EVENTS
Tram transportation through Back Bay National Wildlife Ref-                JUNE             Clean the Bay Day
uge is available April 1 through Oct. 31. Between Nov. 1 and               JULY             Dog Days of Summer
March 31, access to the park is restricted to hiking or biking             OCTOBER          Fall Fest
along the beach, by boat or by the park’s beach transporter.                                                LOCATION
To make reservations for the beach transporter, call (800)                 U.S. 60 at Cape Henry in Virginia Beach
933-7275. The park allows no public vehicular access.

 NEW             Visitor center
                            SPECIAL EVENTS                                York River State Park
 APRIL           Spring Spruce-Up                                         The park is known for its rare and delicate estuarine environ-
 JUNE            Clean the Bay Day                                        ment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a rich
 SEPTEMBER       International Coastal Cleanup                            habitat for marine and plant life. It is on the York River and is
                                  LOCATION                                designated as a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research
 Southeast of Virginia Beach at the south end of Sandbridge. False Cape   Reserve. The pristine environment offers clues to a rich
 is Virginia’s southernmost park, its southern boundary being the North   natural and cultural history and hosts fossil beds and Native
 Carolina line.                                                           American artifacts.
                                                                          Programs, activities and visitor center displays focus on the
                                                                          history, use, wildlife and preservation of the York River and
First Landing State Park                                                  its marshes. More than 25 miles of hiking, mountain biking
On April 26, 1607, about 100 English settlers from                        and equestrian trails allow visitors to explore the marsh, river
the Virginia Company landed here before pushing                           shoreline and forests. A boat ramp, fresh and saltwater fishing
up the James River to establish Jamestown and the first elective          spots, a fishing pier, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and seasonal
government in English America. This event is reflected in the             bike, boat and recreational equipment rentals are available.
name of Virginia’s most visited state park. A replica Chesapeake                                        SPECIAL EVENTS
Indian longhouse on the Cape Henry walking trail provides visi-
                                                                           APRIL            Earth Day
tors a glimpse of pre-colonial life in the area.
                                                                           SEPTEMBER        Estuaries Day
With more than 19 miles of trails and 1.5 miles of Chesa-                  OCTOBER          Harvest Day
peake Bay frontage, the park offers many recreational and
                                                                                                            LOCATION
educational activities. It’s also a great place to explore
                                                                           From Interstate 64, exit 231-B. Go north on State Route 607 for 1 mile,
unusual habitat featuring bald cypress trees, lagoons, rare                then right on State Route 606.



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                 Belle Isle State Park
                 Belle Isle has seven miles of shoreline on the Northern Neck’s
                 Rappahannock River and provides access to Mulberry and
                 Deep creeks. The park lets visitors explore a wide variety of
                 tidal wetlands interspersed with farmland and upland forests.
                 It has a campground, three picnic shelters, hiking, biking
                 and bridle trails, and motor boat and car-top launches. Belle
                 Isle also offers overnight lodging at Bel Air and the Bel Air
                                                                                                                                                      Lake Anna State Park
                 Guest House. Bicycle, canoe, kayak and motorboat rentals
                 are available. Guests also enjoy the park’s universal access
ChEsapEaKE BaY


                 playground, boardwalk and fishing pier, and educational pro-
                 grams. The Bel Air historic area is ideal for weddings.                    Westmoreland State Park
                                                                                            On the Potomac River’s Northern Neck, this park
                  NEW               Canoe-in campsites on the Rappahannock River
                                                                                            offers many opportunities for family fun. It has
                                                 LOCATION
                                                                                            an Olympic-sized swimming pool and an adjacent bath-
                  From Warsaw, take State Route 3 to State Route 354 and then State         house, meeting area, snack bar, camp store and power-boat
                  Route 683 near Litwalton to the park entrance in Lancaster County.
                  From Kilmarnock, take State Route 3, turn left on State Route 201,        ramp. You’ll also find a visitor center, campgrounds, camp-
                  right on State Route 354 and left at State Route 683.                     ing cabins, cabins, fishing pier, boat rentals and six miles of
                                                                                            trails. Fossil collectors enjoy hunting for ancient shark teeth
                                                                                            along the Potomac. Offshore breakwaters are great for fishing.
                                                                                            Birding enthusiasts find the park an excellent site for spotting
                 Caledon Natural Area                                                       American bald eagles, ospreys, kingfishers, great blue herons,
                 A National Natural Landmark known for its old growth forest                common terns, green herons and gulls, as well as wintering
                 and summer home to one of the largest concentrations of                    waterfowl. The Potomac River Retreat is an overnight center
                 American bald eagles on the East Coast, Caledon attracts bird              suitable for family reunions and other gatherings of up to 16.
                 watchers of all ages. To protect the eagles, access to marshes             Its waterfront location provides docking space at a boat-
                 and the Potomac River is limited. However, tours of the eagle              house. Murphy Hall, atop Horse Head Cliffs, offers a superb
                 habitat are offered seasonally. Forest trails are open year-               view of the Potomac River. The hall accommodates up to 65
                 round. The Boyd’s Hole Trail to the Potomac River is open                  people for meetings and other gatherings. Amenities include
                 from October through March. A visitor center with bald eagle               audiovisual equipment, a warming kitchen for catered events
                 exhibits, two picnic areas, a picnic shelter and restrooms also            and a break-out room.
                 are available between May and September.
                                                                                             NEW              Visitor center at Big Meadows trailhead
                                                 LOCATION                                                     Offshore breakwaters; great for fishing
                  From east or west, take State Route 3 to State Route 206 east for about                                   LOCATION
                  7 miles to State Route 218 west for 1 mile to park entrance.               5 miles northwest of Montross, just off State Route 3.




                  Caledon Natural Area                                                                        Caledon Natural Area

           6       www.virginiastateparks.gov                          1.800.933.PARK (7275)
Lake Anna State Park                                                          Mason Neck State Park
The park has a beach on one of Virginia’s most popular lakes,                 Just a short drive from Washington, D.C., this Northern
a fishing pond accessible to children and the disabled, a                     Virginia park offers many outdoor activities and programs.
bathhouse-concessions complex and a boat launch. Camping,                     It has hiking trails, a large picnic area, a playground, a
picnicking, six camping cabins and 10 two-bedroom cabins,                     car-top canoe launch and a visitor center. Canoe, kayak and
seven with views of the lake, also are available. With more                   bicycle rentals are also available. Bird watching, especially for
than 15 miles of trails, the park offers many hiking, biking                  American bald eagles, and guided canoe trips of Kane’s Creek
and horseback riding options. Visitor center exhibits trace the               and Belmont Bay are favorites with park visitors. The park’s
history of the area’s gold mining and highlight the park’s nat-               wetlands, forest, open water, ponds and open fields make it
ural features. Nature and gold panning programs are popular,                  ideal for environmental study and wildlife observation. Nearby




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and the park offers guided tours of the Goodwin Gold Mine.                    attractions include the Elizabeth Hartwell National Wildlife
                                                                              Refuge, Gunston Hall and Pohick Bay Regional Park.
                                LOCATION
 From east or west, take State Route 3 to State Route 206 east for about                                      SPECIAL EVENTS
 7 miles to State Route 218 west for one mile to park entrance.                SPRING              Eagle Festival
                                                                                                                    LOCATION
                                                                               7 miles northeast of Woodbridge. Take U.S. 1, then east on State Route
Leesylvania State Park                                                         242 (Gunston Road) for about 4 miles.

Leesylvania is nestled along the tidal shores of the historic
Potomac River. Native Americans lived on this land for
thousands of years. Capt. John Smith visited the area in 1608
on his voyage of discovery. It’s also the ancestral home of
Virginia’s legendary Lee and Fairfax families. Listed on the
National Register of Historic Landmarks, Leesylvania offers
many land and water activities, including hiking, picnicking,
fishing and boating. A universally accessible fishing pier,
playground, boat launch, boat storage area, snack bar and
store, visitor center and gift shop are available.

                             SPECIAL EVENTS
 SUMMER          Marina Concert Series
 SEPTEMBER       Anniversary of Freestone Battery
 OCTOBER         Haunted History Hike
                                LOCATION
 25 miles south of Washington, D.C. From U.S. 1, take State Route 610
 (Neabsco Road) east 2 miles.

                                                                                                                                   Leesylvania State Park




               Westmoreland State Park                                     Mason Neck State Park                                    Lake Anna State Park

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             James River State Park                                              Bear Creek Lake State Park      Smith Mountain Lake State Park


             Bear Creek Lake State Park                                                   Holliday Lake State Park
CENtral Va



             Nestled in the heart of the Cumberland State Forest                          Deep in the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, Hol-
             in central Virginia, Bear Creek Lake is less than                            liday Lake is a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast. Fish-
             an hour west of Richmond. It’s the perfect getaway for an                    ing for largemouth bass, crappie and bluegill is popular. A nearby
             outdoor enthusiast. Activities center on the 40-acre lake with a             Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries delayed-harvest
             boat launch, fishing pier, boat rentals and a swimming beach.                trout stream allows anglers to fish for brown and rainbow trout.
             Other attractions include a meeting facility, cabins, camping,
                                                                                          Swimming at the park’s guarded beach and the “Critter Hole”
             picnicking, an archery range and playgrounds. Guests also take
                                                                                          play area are visitor favorites. The park has several hiking,
             advantage of the park’s trails and access to a state forest’s 14-
                                                                                          biking and equestrian trails. Visitors enjoy its campground,
             mile multi-use trail, which is popular with equestrians.
                                                                                          picnic shelters, playgrounds, seasonal concession stand,
                                              LOCATION                                    gift shop and boat ramp. The park rents canoes, kayaks and
              From U.S. 60 at Cumberland Courthouse, north on State Route 622 and         paddleboats. Holliday Lake is just minutes from the famous
              then west on State Route 629.                                               Appomattox Court House National Historical Park where Gen.
                                                                                          Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1865.

                                                                                                                          LOCATION
             High Bridge Trail State Park                                                   Accessible via State Route 24 between Appomattox and U.S. 60 and
                                                                                            from state routes 626, 640 and 692.
                                                       High Bridge Trail State Park
                                                       is a multi-use trail ideally
                                                       suited for hiking, bicycling
                                                       and horseback riding. The          James River State Park
                                                       centerpiece is the majestic
                                                                                          Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the park
                                                       High Bridge, which is more
                                                                                          features rolling grasslands, quiet forests and beautiful views,
                                                       than 2,400 feet long and
                                                                                          as well as three miles of shoreline along the James River. Visi-
                                                       160 feet above the Appomat-
                                                                                          tors can hike, bike, canoe, kayak, fish or camp on the banks of
                                                       tox River. The bridge was
                                                                                          the historic river or at Branch Pond. Facilities include cabins, a
                                                       built in 1853 as part of the
                                                                                          nature center, a gift shop, picnic shelters, multi-use trails, boat
                                                       South Side Railroad.
                                                                                          launches, campgrounds and equestrian camping. The park also
             Except for High Bridge itself, all 30 miles of this linear park’s            has a universally accessible fishing pier and a quarter-mile-
             trails are open. Work on access to the bridge continues, but                 long wheelchair accessible trail around Green Hill Pond. James
             the bridge can be seen from certain sections of the trail. The               River State Park Outdoor Adventures, a full-service canoe livery,
             bridge is slated to be open to the public in late 2011. Develop-             provides canoe, kayak, tube and bicycle rentals as well as shuttle
             ment of other park facilities also continues.                                services. For more information about the livery, call (434) 933-
                                                                                          8682 (open seasonally). The park is also a great place to view
             Visitors should bring plenty of drinking water. No drinking
                                                                                          the annual James River Batteau Festival. A replica of one of the
             water is available on the trail.
                                                                                          unusual vessels is on display near Green Hill Pond.
                                           SPECIAL EVENTS
                                                                                            NEW                 Equestrian campground and visitor center
              JUNE               National Trails Day
                                                                                                                       SPECIAL EVENTS
                                              LOCATION
                                                                                            JULY                Summer Festival
              There are multiple access points along the trail. Use municipal parking
              lots in Farmville. Others are at River Road in Cumberland County;             OCTOBER             Fall Festival
              Osborne Road in Farmville; Heights School Road in Prince Edward County;                                     LOCATION
              and at Rice, Tuggle and Prospect. Horse trailer parking is available at
                                                                                            From State Route 60 West in Buckingham County, turn right on State
              Prospect, Osborne Road and Heights School Road.
                                                                                            Route 605 at the James River Bridge. Go 7 miles and turn left onto
                                                                                            State Route 606.


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           Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park     York River State Park                                             Pocahontas State Park


Pocahontas State Park                                                           Smith Mountain Lake State Park




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Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, Pocahon-                                  On the second largest freshwater lake in the state, this pic-
tas offers boating, picnicking, camping, camping                                turesque park is the water enthusiast’s paradise. There are
cabins, hiking, and interpretive and environmental education                    numerous water activities, including swimming, boat rentals,
programs. The Aquatic Center offers seasonal water-based                        a boat ramp and a universally accessible fishing pier. Families
activities for the entire family. It has a kiddie pool, fountain                can also enjoy picnicking, a visitor center, an amphitheater,
wet deck, three-foot and five-foot-deep leisure pools, an activ-                special programs, camping, miles of trails and cabins with
ity pool and two tubular water slides. Rowboat, paddleboat,                     boat docks.
kayak and canoe rentals also are available at the 200-acre
                                                                                  NEW                  Visitor center
Swift Creek Lake during the summer. The park’s two fishing
lakes have crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. The                                               SPECIAL EVENTS
park has more than 80 miles of trails throughout 7,925 acres                      MAY & SEPTEMBER      Triathlons
open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The Civilian                      JUNE                 Aspiring Anglers Junior Fishing Tournament
Conservation Corps Museum, dedicated to the Depression-era                                                      LOCATION
workers who helped build the state park system, is one of a                       From U.S. 460 in Bedford County, take State Route 122 south to Route
handful in the nation. The park’s Heritage Center is available                    608 east to Route 626 south.
for meetings, events and seasonal performances. Group facili-
ties with meeting space and primitive overnight cabins also
are available.
                                                                                Twin Lakes State Park
 NEW               Bright Hope Equestrian Facility
                                                                                In the heart of central Virginia, this historic park
                                 SPECIAL EVENTS                                 offers many cultural, environmental and rec-
 IN SEASON         Pocahontas Amphitheater Performing Arts Series               reational activities. Overnight accommodations include a
                                     LOCATION                                   campground and climate-controlled cabins. Visitors enjoy
 Interstate 95 to State Route 288 north in Chesterfield County, then            swimming, fishing, boating and lakefront picnicking at Good-
 State Route 10 east to State Route 655 (Beach Road) west. Travel 3             win Lake. Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians can use
 miles, and the park is on the right.                                           a neighboring multi-use trail in Prince Edward-Gallion State
                                                                                Forest. Cedar Crest Conference Center on Prince Edward Lake
                                                                                is available for family reunions, business meetings, wedding
Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park                                receptions and other gatherings.

On April 6, 1865, nearly a quarter of Confederate Gen. Robert                                                   LOCATION
E. Lee’s army, more than 7,700 men, were killed, wounded or                       From U.S. 360 west of Burkeville to Route 613 and east on Route 629.
captured here. Lee surrendered 72 hours later at Appomattox
Court House. Costumed volunteers present various interpre-
tive programs throughout the year. Living history events take
place every April. Motorists traveling along Lee’s Retreat
can learn more about the battle by tuning their radios to AM
1610. For more information about seasonal tours of the Hills-
man House, call (434) 315-0349.

 NEW                     Visitor center
                                     LOCATION
 10 miles east of Farmville. Take State Route 307 (the connecting
 highway between U.S. 360 and U.S. 460 at Farmville) to State Route 617
 north and follow the signs.
                                                                                                                                  Pocahontas State Park

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              Fairy Stone State Park                                                        Staunton River Battlefield State Park
              Home of the legendary fairy stones, Fairy Stone is                            This park is a 300-acre Civil War historic site where a ragtag
              well-known for its 168-acre lake adjoining Philpott                           group of 700 Confederate old men and young boys beat the
              Reservoir just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Park                      odds and held off an assault by 5,000 Union cavalry on a
              attractions include cabins, a campground, group camping,                      bridge of strategic importance to Gen. Lee’s army, then under
              a conference center, hiking trails, lake swimming, rowboats,                  siege in Petersburg. Visit the Confederate earthworks or walk
              canoes, paddle boats, kayaks, picnicking and two play-                        the historic bridge trail. Two visitor centers feature 2,300
              grounds, including one in the water.                                          square feet of exhibits on the area’s rich Civil War heritage,
                                                                                            Native American archaeological investigations and electric en-
               NEW                     Equestrian camping
                                                                                            ergy production. The park includes a 1.2-mile self-guided trail
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                                               LOCATION                                     through the battlefield and a three-quarter-mile nature trail
               Near Martinsville. Access by Route 57 from Bassett or from the Blue          with two wildlife observation towers overlooking wetlands.
               Ridge Parkway via Routes 58, 8 and 57.
                                                                                                                           LOCATION
                                                                                             18 miles east of South Boston. Take State Route 92 to Clover.
                                                                                             Go about 5 miles to State Route 600 and turn left. Go approximately
              Occoneechee State Park                                                         3 miles and turn right on State Route 855.
              Named for Native Americans who lived in the area for hun-
              dreds of years, Occoneechee is on the John H. Kerr Reservoir,
              better known as Buggs Island Lake, and is popular with                        Staunton River State Park
              anglers and boaters. Facilities include cabins, campsites,
              equestrian camping, picnic shelters, an amphitheater, a play-                 Tucked neatly into the heart of Virginia, about 25
              ground, boat ramps, and a private concession offering fishing                 miles from the North Carolina border, Staunton
              and pontoon boat rentals as well as snacks. The park also                     River offers much to families and outdoor enthusiasts. The
              has a 15-mile round trip (seven-mile linear) multipurpose                     2,400-acre park comprises woodlands, meadows and shore-
              trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The visitor cen-               line along the Dan and Staunton rivers. Cabins built in the
              ter and museum introduce visitors to Native American culture                  1930s by the CCC and a campground offer overnight lodging.
              and the indigenous Occoneechee people.                                        Access to Virginia’s largest lake, Buggs Island Lake, offers
                                                                                            freshwater fishing and boating, along with water skiing and
                                             SPECIAL EVENTS                                 many other aquatic activities. The park also has Olympic-
               MAY        Native American Heritage Festival                                 sized and wading pools, picnic shelters, a large playground,
                          Jazz Festival by the Lake                                         tennis and volleyball courts, several boat launches and more
                                                                                            than 11 miles of multi-use trails. River Traders, just outside
                                               LOCATION
                                                                                            the park entrance, rents canoes, kayaks, jonboats and pon-
               Near Clarksville, 1.5 miles east on U.S. 58 east, just east of the U.S. 15
               and 58 intersection.                                                         toon boats.

                                                                                             NEW                  Equestrian camping
                                                                                                                           LOCATION
                                                                                             18 miles east of South Boston. Take U.S. 360, then State Route 344 for
                                                                                             10 miles.




              Occoneechee State Park                          Staunton River State Park


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   Science Museum of Virginia
                                                 Bass Pro Shops
   Richmond Flying Squirrels                     Outdoor World of Ashland
   Richmond International Raceway                Meg Groat Watercolors
   Virginia Tech                                 Martin’s Food Store of Glen Allen
   Colonial National                             Bank of Marion
   Historic Parkway
                                                 Lifetime Wellness Center of Marion
   Jamestown-Yorktown Settlement
                                                 Rosewood Florist of Marion
   Virginia Tourism Corp.
                                                 Donna’s Alterations of Marion
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       Family. Friends. Fun.
            Nearly 100 years ago, as more and                On June 15, 1936, Virginia became the
            more Americans could afford automobiles,         first state to open an entire statewide
            they looked for places to drive. When            park system on the same day. Built by the
            they drove, to escape the noise and              young men of the Civilian Conservation
            congestion of the cities and towns, they         Corps, the new parks offered modern
            needed affordable, comfortable overnight         outdoor recreational conveniences while
            accommodations combined with outdoor             protecting significant natural resources.
            recreation. It’s no surprise that as Americans   The original six-park system has grown to
            became more mobile, and the quality of           35 parks and hosts more than 8 million
            roads improved, the nation’s campgrounds         visitors a year.
            were born.
                                                             This year, Virginia celebrates the 75th
            In the Old Dominion, this growing demand         anniversary of the state park system with
            for reasonably priced, convenient facilities     special programs, contests, activities,
            was answered by the construction of              souvenirs and even birthday cake!
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                                                                                                                                                                                              and nature—with adult and
                                                                                                                                                                                              15-and-under divisions. Start
                                                                                                                                                                                              taking photos now. Pictures
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                                                           June 13 – 19 – Celebrate
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                                                           parking and admission to all
                                                           Virginia State Parks.

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                              OUTDOORS:
                              A summer vacation
                              full of adventures
                              By ANDY THOMPSON | TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST       and July. Their record for a single day was five
                              Published: Aug. 20, 2010                          parks. This past weekend, they found their last
                              Reprinted courtesy the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
                                                                                cache at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical
                              At the beginning of the summer, camping           State Park in Rice.
                              was a vague concept to Abigail Lamb. She          Christy Lamb is an admitted goal-oriented,
                              knew about it only from watching TV. And it       organization nut, so a vacation without a
                              must have been very vague, indeed, as Lamb        purpose was not really her thing, anyway.
                              isn’t allowed to watch much TV.
                                                                                “When you go to the beach you just sit there,”
                              “We are outdoors people,” Abigail’s mom,          she said. “That’s fun, but take it one step
                              Christy, said of the entire Lamb family.          further: Let’s go find stuff.”
                              So it surprised Christy when her 6-year-old       The geocaching aspect really was a means to
                              declared, unequivocally, that she wanted to       an end. If you really want to get her excited,
                              go camping. Christy realized that even though     ask Christy about the experiences she shared
                              she and her husband, Jeremiah, camped all         with her husband and three daughters during
                              the time growing up, they had never taken         all those days and nights together in some of
                              their kids for a night in the woods.              Virginia’s most beautiful places.
                              “I said let’s try it for a weekend,” she remem-   The second-grade science teacher said she
                              bered thinking.                                   and her husband made sure each trek for
                              But the Lambs, who make their home in             geocaching glory also involved some kind of
                              Grottoes, near Harrisonburg, didn’t just pitch    educational experience for the kids.
                              a tent in the nearest park. They embarked         “My 6-year-old will tell you it wasn’t just
                              on a summer of adventure none of them will        camping to her,” Christy said. “At every state
                              ever forget; the kind that makes you realize      park, we’d make sure that she either did a
                              kids weren’t born with video game controllers     learning activity with one of the interpreters
                              strapped to their hands.                          there, or, if they didn’t have something avail-
                              “After the first weekend, the kids were           able, we’d find something to learn about so it
                              hooked,” she said.                                was a discovery as we went.”
                              Already into geocaching, a kind of treasure       Something tells me Abigail won’t soon forget
                              hunt where participants use handheld GPS          the concept of camouflage, which her parents
                              devices to search for “caches” hidden just        explained to her when the family came across
                              about anywhere, the Lambs decided to take         a whitetail fawn curled up on the forest floor.
                              on the Virginia State Parks Geocaching Wild-      “The most memorable moment for me,”
                              life Adventure.                                   Christy said, “was when Bailey got up at 5:30
                              Nearly every state park has its own multi-        in the morning saying, ‘Let’s go. Let’s go. Find
                              cache (where multiple points lead to the final    more boxes. Find more boxes.’
                              cache), and a prize is given to the person or     “We got smart after the second camping
                              group who can collect the card in every cache     night. We would put our air mattress right up
                              box before the end of the year.                   against the tent door, because she would try
                              Of course, that meant going to every state        to get out and go on her own and find boxes.”
                              park with a cache — all 34 of them. And since     The summer geocaching adventure has
                              Christy is a school teacher, the family, which    barely been over a week, and Christy and Jer-
                              included Christy’s mom, Sandra Kelley, figured    emiah already have had to plan a September
                              they’d have to do it during the summer.           trip to placate their camping-obsessed kids.
                              Ambitious, right? Not only did they complete      “I feel like we’re closer as a family after this,”
                              the statewide treasure hunt this summer,          she said.
                              they did most of it in a 15-day span in June


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Douthat State Park                                                            NEW         Cabins, visitor center and campground
A traditional family park for 75 years, Douthat is                                                           LOCATION
listed on the National Register of Historic Places for the role its           Warren County, just off U.S. 340 between Front Royal and Luray. Some
design played in the development of parks nationwide. Amid                    of the park borders U.S. 340 on the east and the South Fork of the
                                                                              Shenandoah River on the west.
some of Virginia’s most breathtaking mountain scenery,
visitors enjoy interpretive programs, two miles of stream fish-
ing, a 50-acre lake stocked with trout, a sandy swimming
                                                                             Sky Meadows State Park
beach with snack bar, boat rentals, a gift shop and camp store,              Rich in history, this 1,862-acre park has scenic views, rolling
cabins, and more than 43 miles of hiking, mountain biking and                pastures and woodlands. Look into a bygone era by touring
bridle trails. Plus, there are playgrounds, an amphitheater, picnic          the Mount Bleak House to see how a middle-class farm family




                                                                                                                                                           shENaNdoah VallEY
areas, tent and trailer camping, and a restaurant overlooking the            of the 1860s lived. Nature and history programs are offered
lake. The park also has three cabins that accommodate 15, 16                 during the spring, summer and fall. Hiking, picnicking, fish-
and 18 guests each.                                                          ing, and primitive hike-in camping for families and groups
                                                                             are favorite activities in this peaceful getaway on the eastern
 NEW         Equestrian campground, Royal Canin playground                   side of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park has six miles of
                             SPECIAL EVENTS                                  bridle trails and 14 miles of hiking trails, which access the
 MAY         Douthat Lake Run Car Show                                       Appalachian Trail.
 JULY        Arts and crafts fair
                                                                                                          SPECIAL EVENTS
 AUGUST      Big Country 101 Back to School Bash
                                                                              MAY           Delaplane Strawberry Festival
 OCTOBER     Apple Day – A Celebration of Appalachian Heritage
                                                                              OCTOBER       Family Farm Festival weekends
                                LOCATION
                                                                              NOVEMBER Country Christmas
 Northeast of Clifton Forge. Interstate 64 to exit 27, to State Route 629,
                                                                                                             LOCATION
 then 5 miles north.
                                                                              2 miles south of Paris. Take U.S. 50 to State Route 17 south or, from
                                                                              I-66, take State Route 17 north at exit 23. The park entrance is on State
                                                                              Route 710 west.
Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr.
Shenandoah River State Park
This park is on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and has
more than 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline. The park
opened in June 1999. In addition to meandering river frontage,
the park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the
west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. A large riverside
picnic area with shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat
launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and
canoeists. Ten riverfront tent campsites, a campground with wa-
ter and electric sites, cabins, camping cabins and a group camp-
ground are available. With more than 15 miles of trails, the park
has plenty of options for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
                                                                                                                                      Douthat State Park




                                            Sky Meadows State Park                                                                    Douthat State Park


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              Grayson Highlands State Park                          Hungry Mother State Park                                 New River Trail State Park


             Claytor Lake State Park                                                                                         SPECIAL EVENTS
             Ideal for swimming, camping, hiking and picnicking, Claytor                        APRIL         Mountain Do Triathlon
BlUE rIdGE


             Lake is known for sport fishing and boating. The park has a                        JULY          Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival
             full-service marina with docking slips, supplies, fuel, boat rentals               OCTOBER       Fall Fear Mountain Bike Race
             and refreshments. The Water’s Edge Meeting Facility is perfect for                                                 LOCATION
             weddings and reunions. There’s also a gift shop. Several cabins                    4 miles north of Marion on State Route 16.
             overlook the 4,500-acre lake, offering visitors a scenic retreat. The
             historic Howe House has interactive exhibits describing the ecol-
             ogy of the lake and the surrounding areas.
                                                                                               New River Trail State Park
                                             SPECIAL EVENTS
                                                                                               New River Trail is a 57-mile linear park that follows an
              JUNE           Celebration of Summer Festival                                    abandoned railroad right-of-way. The park parallels the scenic
              AUGUST         Back to School Beach Bash                                         and historic New River for 40 miles and passes through four
                                               LOCATION                                        counties. The trail’s gentle slope makes it great for visitors
              Interstate 81 to exit 101 near Dublin in Pulaski County.                         of all ages to hike, bike and ride horseback. Several places in
                                                                                               the park provide horse, canoe and bike rentals, boat launches
                                                                                               and gift shops. Fishing is popular, and primitive camping
                                                                                               sites dot the trail. The Foster Falls village is home to genuine
             Grayson Highlands State Park                                                      mustangs. Guided horseback trips are available.
             Near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two
             highest mountains, Grayson Highlands offers scenic views of                                                     SPECIAL EVENTS
             alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. Facilities include                    APRIL        Spring Senior Van Tours
             a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking trails leading to wa-                    JULY         Civil War Encampment
             terfalls and overlooks. Scenic horse trails and a horse camping                    OCTOBER      Fall Senior Van Tours
             area with electric and water hookups, stables and parking for                      DECEMBER Foster Falls Festival of Lights
             trailers are available. The park provides year-round access to
                                                                                                             Holiday Hayride
             the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.
                                                                                                                                LOCATION
                                             SPECIAL EVENTS                                     There are access points to the trail at Allisonia, Cliffview, Draper, Foster
              JUNE           Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition           Falls, Fries, Galax, Ivanhoe and Xaloy (near Pulaski). Horse Trailer Park-
                                                                                                ing: Allisonia, Cliffview, Draper, Fries, Foster Falls and Xaloy.
              SEPTEMBER Grayson Highlands Fall Festival
                                               LOCATION
              Interstate 81 to exit 45 in Marion, then State Route 16 to Volney and
              west on U.S. 58.                                                                 Shot Tower Historic State Park
                                                                                               Overlooking the New River, adjacent to New River Trail State
                                                                                               Park, the shot tower was built more than 200 years ago to
             Hungry Mother State Park                                                          make ammunition for firearms of the early settlers. Lead from
                                                                                               the nearby Austinville Mines was melted in a kettle atop a 75-
             Long a family favorite known for beautiful woodlands                              foot tower and poured through a sieve. It then fell through a
             and a placid 108-acre lake in the heart of the moun-                              shaft into a vat of water beneath the tower. The shot tower is
             tains, Hungry Mother has a sandy beach with bathhouse, boats                      a National Historic Landmark. Picnic facilities, restrooms and
             (fishing, canoe, kayak and paddle) and a boat launch, and a uni-                  a hiking trail are available. Shot Tower grounds are closed
             versally accessible fishing pier. Guests also enjoy its campgrounds,              from mid-October through April.
             cabins, gift shop, visitor center, six-bedroom family lodge that sleeps
             15, hiking and biking trails, and restaurant. Hungry Mother is                                                     LOCATION
             also home to the Hemlock Haven Conference Center, available for                    Interstate 77 to exit 24 and go north on State Route 52 for 2 miles.
             retreats, conferences and special events. Catering is available.



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         Natural Tunnel State Park                                        Wilderness Road State Park              Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park


Breaks Interstate Park                                                       Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park
Straddling the Virginia-Kentucky border, the park features the               A National Historic Landmark, the Southwest Virginia Mu-




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largest canyon east of the Mississippi. Sometimes called the                 seum is in an 1890s Victorian stone mansion with original
“Grand Canyon of the South,” the park’s spectacular beauty can               oak interior. The museum’s collection includes more than
be seen along its hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding               25,000 pieces and state of the art exhibits telling the story of
trails, and while boating and fishing on Laurel Lake. In October,            the exploration and development of Southwest Virginia from
water is released from Flannagan Reservoir, creating world-class             the pioneer era of the 1700s to the mining “boom and bust”
whitewater that draws people from around the world to the Rus-               era of the late 1800s.
sell Fork River. The park has a restaurant and conference center
                                                                             The museum also offers many interpretive and special events.
near the rim of the canyon as well as camping. There are 82 lodge
                                                                             The gift shop features unique items representative of the
rooms, four cottages and five lakefront luxury cabins. For informa-
                                                                             area’s history. The park offers facilities for meetings, wed-
tion or reservations, call (276) 865-4413.
                                                                             dings and other special occasions, and the charming Poplar
                                SPECIAL EVENTS                               Hill Cottage is available for overnight guests.
 FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND                  Annual Gospel Event                                                   SPECIAL EVENTS
 JUNE-JULY                             Outdoor Bluegrass Events                APRIL                                 Stitch in Time Quilt Show
 OCTOBER                               Halloween campground events,            JULY                                  Gathering in the Gap Music Festival
                                       Homemaking in the Mountains
                                                                               MID-NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 31              Festival of Trees
                                     LOCATION
                                                                                                                  LOCATION
 Interstate 77 to exit 24 and go north on State Route 52 for 2 miles.
                                                                               Wood Avenue, Big Stone Gap


Natural Tunnel State Park                                                    Wilderness Road State Park
More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building,
                                                                             Wilderness Road offers picnicking, hiking and living history
Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone
                                                                             programs. Visitors can enjoy the visitor center, home to a theater
ridge over thousands of years. William Jennings Bryan called
                                                                             showing an award-winning docudrama, Wilderness Road, Spirit
it the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Other scenic features
                                                                             of a Nation. The center also has a frontier museum and a gift shop
include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded
                                                                             with unique regional gifts. The park features the reconstructed
by several pinnacles, or “chimneys.”
                                                                             Martin’s Station, an outdoor living history museum depicting life on
Facilities include two campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, an                 Virginia’s 1775 frontier. Guests also enjoy the park’s picnic shelters,
amphitheater, a visitor center and a gift shop. You’ll also find the         an ADA-certified playground, a sand volleyball court and horseshoe
Wilderness Road blockhouse and visitor center, a swimming pool               pits. Visitors can hike, bike or horseback ride on the eight-
with a 100-foot slide and a chairlift to the tunnel floor. Guests            mile Wilderness Road Trail linking the park with 50 miles of
enjoy cave tours and canoe trips on the Clinch River, as well as             trails in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. The 1870s era
the Cove Ridge Center, which offers environmental education,                 mansion is available for weddings and meetings. It has a solarium
conference facilities and overnight dorm accommodations.                     that’s perfect for showers, birthdays and other special functions.

 NEW                 Campgrounds and cabins                                                                  SPECIAL EVENTS
                                SPECIAL EVENTS                                 APRIL           Easter at Karlan
 JANUARY-APRIL       Candlelight Series                                        MAY             Raid at Martin’s Station
 SUMMER              Pickin’ in the Park, Lighting of the Tunnel               OCTOBER         Wilderness Road Heritage Festival
 SEPTEMBER           Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival                                   Pumpkins in the Park
 DECEMBER            Lighting of the Tunnel                                    DECEMBER        Christmas Past and Present
                                     LOCATION                                                                     LOCATION
 North from Gate City via U.S. 23, then 1 mile east on State Route 871.        5 miles west of Ewing, on U.S. 58.
 The park turn-off is at mile marker 17.4.


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CaBINs


                                                                     Cabin at James River State Park




         Cabin at James River State Park                            Six-bedroom cabin at Bear Creek Lake State Park



         climate-controlled cabins. Bear Creek Lake, Chippokes Planta-           In addition to cabins, special facilities include:
         tion, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, First Landing, Hungry         Bel Air and Guest House. These upscale, overnight facilities in
         Mother, James River, Lake Anna, Natural Tunnel, Occoneechee,            Belle Isle State Park are perfect for family reunions or picturesque
         Shenandoah River, Staunton River, Smith Mountain Lake, Twin             weddings. Furnished with antique reproductions, the mansion
         Lakes and Westmoreland state parks. Cabin sizes and sleeping            comfortably sleeps six. The simply furnished guest house sleeps
         arrangements vary by park.                                              eight.
         All cabins have kitchens and bathrooms with a shower. Cabin             cove ridge center at natural tunnel State park. Available for
         furnishings and equipment include rustic furniture, microwave,          reunions, conferences or business meetings, the two attached
         refrigerator, oven, dishes, cooking utensils, silverware, kitchen       dormitories accommodate up to 30 each. Overnight guests have
         towels and glassware. Bath towels and bedroom linens, including         free use of the adjacent swimming pool during normal operating
         mattress covers, pillows, blankets, sheets and pillow cases, also       hours. Reservations are handled by the park at (276) 940-2696.
         are included. Except for cabins at Chippokes Plantation and the
                                                                                 poplar Hill cottage at the Southwest Virginia Museum. This
         Martin Cottage at Twin Lakes, all cabins have fireplaces. Cabins
                                                                                 quaint, garden-themed cottage is the perfect getaway in the
         at Smith Mountain Lake have wood stoves. Between Memorial
                                                                                 mountains. Furnished with reproduction furniture, the cottage
         Day and Labor Day, the standard cabin rental period is one week.
                                                                                 is in the historic Poplar Hill neighborhood, adjacent to other fine
         Rentals for less than a week during this period can be made only
                                                                                 homes. It comfortably sleeps six and has two full baths.
         within a month prior to desired occupancy based on availability.
         There is a two-night minimum stay.                                      camping opportunities. Camping lodges are available at Bear
                                                                                 Creek Lake, Belle Isle, Claytor Lake, Fairy Stone, Grayson Highlands,
         For larger groups and retreats, five and six-bedroom cabins are
                                                                                 Holliday Lake, James River, Kiptopeke, Lake Anna, Occoneechee,
         available at Bear Creek Lake, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone,
                                                                                 Smith Mountain Lake and Staunton River state parks.
         Hungry Mother, James River, Kiptopeke, Natural Tunnel, Occo-
         neechee, Shenandoah River and Westmoreland. They are rented             camping cabins are available at Lake Anna, Pocahontas,
         as a whole, not by individual rooms.                                    Shenandoah River and Westmoreland state parks. Kiptopeke
                                                                                 State Park offers a unique yurt as well as camping trailers.
         check-in is 3 p.m.; check-out is 10 a.m. check-in days dur-
         ing the week-long requirement vary, so contact the reser-               Developed and group campsites have picnic tables, grills and ac-
         vation center. All reservations are subject to availability.            cess to bathhouses. Primitive campsites generally have fire grills,
         cabins cannot be reserved for more than 14 days in a row.               picnic tables, vault toilets and non-potable water.



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Cabin at Bear Creek Lake State Park



Primitive hike-in camping is available at False Cape, New River
Trail and Sky Meadows. False Cape prohibits open fires and pro-
vides pit toilets and picnic tables. Water is available only at False
Cape’s Barbour Hill area.
Primitive drive-in camping is available at James River, and hike-in
and canoe-in sites are available at James River, New River Trail
and Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr. Shenandoah River state parks.
Equestrian campsites are available at Douthat (opening late
2011), Grayson Highlands, James River, New River Trail and
Occoneechee state parks.
the maximum camping period is 14 days in a row in any
single park. Campers cannot be assured of access to their
reserved sites before the reservation start time of 4 p.m. on the
scheduled day of arrival. Check-out is 3 p.m.                           Cabin at Douthat State Park
reservations for summer weekend camping should be
made as early as possible. To best meet the needs of the
camping public, specific campsites are assigned upon arrival
at the park, not when the reservation is made, except at False                 Note: False Cape State Park requires reservations. Campers
Cape and New River Trail. Unreserved campsites are available                   must receive information about camping at the park by mail,
on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations are                      e-mail or fax before their stay. Conditions are primitive. False
strongly recommended.                                                          Cape is recommended for experienced campers only. Please
                                                                               call the Reservation Center for details.




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                       An Important Part
                       of a Healthy Lifestyle
                       Virginia State Parks are a tonic for the          Monday in December, primitive                 Virginia Association
                       mind, body and spirit. Museums, visitor           campsites are available year-round.           For Parks
                       centers and nearby historic sites make            Camping at Shenandoah River is also              The VAFP promotes volunteerism
GENEral INFormatIoN


                       state parks cultural treasures. Recre-            available year-round.                            in Virginia’s state and national parks.
                       ational opportunities in state parks are                                                           For more information or to show
                                                                        Equipment Rentals
                       endless and easy to see. From swim-                                                                your support by signing up for a
                                                                         Many parks rent canoes, rowboats,
                       ming and boating to horseshoes and                                                                 free Associate Membership, visit
                                                                         paddleboats, kayaks, hydro-bikes and
                       hiking, there’s always something to do                                                             www.virginiaparks.org.
                                                                         mountain bikes. Guided horseback
                       in a state park.
                                                                         riding trips are available at New River
                       Parents play a big role in helping kids           Trail State Park.
                       get up and get moving. Be a role model
                       for your children. If they see you being         Reservations
                       physically active and having fun, they            Camping, cabin and picnic shelter
                       are more likely to be active and stay             reservations can be made by calling
                       active throughout their lives. Take the           the Virginia State Parks Reservation
                       whole family hiking, biking, canoeing or          Center weekdays at (800) 933-PARK
                       swimming. Focus on fun. By providing a            (7275). Reservations can be made up
                       safe and attractive environment for physi-        to 11 months in advance.                      Left Johnny Finch, VAFP president, right Joe Elton
                                                                         The center takes same-day camping             Virginia State Parks director
                       cal activity, Virginia State Parks can play an
                       essential part in your healthy lifestyle.         reservations until 2 p.m. Cabin, campsite
                                                                         and picnic shelter reservations can
                      Special Discounts                                  also be made online at www.virgini-
                                                                                                                       Career Opportunities
                       With everything we offer, Virginia State
                                                                         astateparks.gov. Online reservations
                                                                                                                       in Virginia State Parks
                       Parks are still among the most economi-                                                            Park rangers are needed across the state.
                                                                         must be made a day in advance.
                       cal vacation destinations around. Special                                                          As we build parks and facilities, the need
                                                                         Availability can be checked online.
                       discount passes and annual passes for                                                              for qualified rangers is growing. Rangers
                       parking, boat launching and swimming             Contribute                                        routinely work outside, serve millions of
                       are for sale at parks statewide. Senior           Virginians can make a tax-deductible             visitors, and preserve and protect Virginia’s
                       discount passes are also available.               donation to their parks, both state and          natural resources. Other positions in state
                       Virginia residents get 10 percent off             local, and to their natural areas by             parks focus on environmental education,
                       non-resident cabin rates.                         contributing all or part of their state tax      maintenance, law enforcement, natural
                                                                         refund to the Open Space Recreation              resource management, sales and man-
                      Park Accessibility                                 and Conservation Fund. See your state            agement. For information about a career
                       Virginia State Parks strive to make
                                                                         tax return form for more information.            in Virginia State Parks, visit the Virginia De-
                       each park as barrier-free as possible.
                                                                        Be a Volunteer                                    partment of Conservation and Recreation
                       Contact the Reservation Center or
                                                                         We value the commitment and                      website at www.dcr.virginia.gov.
                       individual parks for more information
                       before your trip.                                 enthusiasm of volunteers and work to          Pets
                                                                         find a position to fit their interests,          Pets are welcome in Virginia State Parks
                      Cabins and Campsites                               schedule and experience. Thousands of            but must be on a leash no longer than
                       Virginia State Parks provide comfortable
                                                                         volunteers contributed more than                 six feet or in an enclosed area at all
                       and economical overnight accommoda-
                                                                         235,000 hours last year. The opportuni-          times. Check our online fee guides for
                       tions. There are more than 300 climate-
                                                                         ties for volunteering in a park are many         overnight pet fees in campgrounds and
                       controlled cabins and more than 1,800
                                                                         and the rewards are great. For more              cabins. Pets aren’t allowed in the yurt at
                       campsites, ranging from primitive sites
                                                                         information, e-mail the volunteer                Kiptopeke State Park. Pets are denied ac-
                       to developed sites with electric and
                                                                         coordinator at: vspvolunteer@dcr.                cess through Back Bay National Wildlife
                       water hookups. Many cabins are
                                                                         virginia.gov, contact any state park or          Refuge to False Cape State Park April 1
                       available all year. While most camp-
                                                                         call (800) 933-PARK (7275).                      through Sept. 30.
                       grounds are open March 1 to the first



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Cancellation Policy
Campsites                                                      NATURAL AREA PRESERVES
 Cancellations may be made by calling the Res-
 ervation Center during operating hours or the
 park when the Reservation Center is closed. A




                                                                                                                                         Canoe / Kayak Landing
 $10 per site cancellation fee will be deducted




                                                                                                                                                                          Observation Deck
                                                                                                         Wildlife Watching




                                                                                                                                                                                                       Self-Guided Trails
 from paid fees. Cancellation fees also apply to
 horse stalls. Group camping areas and buddy




                                                                                                         Birding and


                                                                                                                             Boardwalk
 sites have a $30 cancellation fee. Reservation




                                                                                                                                                                                             Parking
                                                                                                                                                                 Hiking




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Toilets
 changes must be made through the Reserva-
 tion Center before the start of the reserved
 stay. Once a stay has begun, those departing       SHENANDOAH VALLEY
 early will be charged a penalty of one night.
 We also retain the nonrefundable overnight
                                                    1     Goshen Pass, Rockbridge County                       •                                                  •                           •
 transaction fee of $5 per reservation.             2     Poor Mountain, Roanoke                               •                                                  •                           •            •
                                                    NORTHERN VIRGINIA
Cabins, Yurts and
Camping Trailers                                    3     Bull Run Mountains, Fauquier and Prince              •                                                  •                           •
                                                          William counties***
 Before the scheduled check-in time, cancel-
 lations may be made by calling the Reserva-        CHESAPEAKE BAY
 tion Center or the park when the Reservation       4     Bethel Beach, Mathews County                         •                                                                              •
 Center is closed. For cabins with up to three      5     Bush Mill Stream, Northumberland County              •                                                  •           •               •            •
 bedrooms, $20 will be charged for cancel-
 lations made at least a month before the
                                                    6     Dameron Marsh, Northumberland County                 •               •              •                               •               •
 scheduled arrival date. For cabins with more       7     Hickory Hollow, Lancaster County*                    •                                                  •                           •            •
 than three bedrooms, that fee is $50. The          8     Hughlett Point, Northumberland County                •               •                                  •           •               •            •
 cancellation fee within a month is $20 per
 night for cabins with up to three bedrooms
                                                    9     New Point Comfort, Mathews County**                  •               •                                              •               •
 and $50 per night for larger facilities. The fee   HAMPTON ROADS
 also applies to early departures and reduc-        10 North Landing River, Virginia Beach                     •               •              •                   •           •               •            •
 ing the number of nights of the reservation.       11 Cumberland Marsh, New Kent County**                     •               •                                  •           •               •            •
 The two-night minimum is not refunded.
 There is no charge to move a stay to another       EASTERN SHORE
 time or park, but this must be done through        12 Cape Charles, Northampton County                        •               •                                              •               •
 the Reservation Center and before 5 p.m. on        13 Savage Neck Dunes, Northampton County                   •               •                                  •           •               •            •
 the Monday prior to the scheduled arrival.
                                                    CENTRAL VIRGINIA
 Contact the Reservation Center for a com-
 plete description of the refund policy. A $5       14 Chub Sandhill, Sussex County                            •                                                  •                           •
 transaction fee charged when reservations          BLUE RIDGE
 are made also will not be refunded.                15 Buffalo Mountain, Floyd County                          •                                                  •                           •
                                                    16 Grassy Hill, Franklin County                            •                                                  •                           •            •
                                                    HEART OF APPALACHIA
                                                    17 Pinnacle, Russell County                                •                                                  •                           •            •                      •
                                                         * Owned by Northern Neck Audubon Society               *** Owned by Virginia Outdoors Foundation
                                                        ** Owned by The Nature Conservancy

                                                    In 1990 DCR began managing a system of special lands known as Natural Area Preserves.
                                                    These lands provide suitable habitat for rare or declining plant and animal species and natural
                                                    communities, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. The preserves serve as a link
                                                    between our busy, modern world and the natural wilderness of the past.
                                                    DCR works hard to restore and maintain these special places and protect them from inappropriate
                                                    human disturbance. Still, there is much to be learned and enjoyed in these exceptional natural
                                                    settings. That’s why 17 of the system’s preserves have public access facilities of some type (see
                                                    chart above for details). Learn more about Natural Area Preserves by visiting www.dcr.virginia.
                                                    gov/natural_heritage/ or call DCR’s Natural Heritage Program at (804) 786-7951.


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                               Weddings, reunions, meetings, conferences, retreats – Virginia State
                               Parks are perfect for your next event.
                                                                                                                          A state parks reservation counselor
                               The nationally acclaimed Hemlock Haven conference center at Hungry                         can help you plan a special event in
                               Mother State Park in southwestern Virginia offers overnight accommoda-                      a state park. Call the Reservation
                               tions, special amenities and meeting space for up to 375 people.                           Center weekdays at (800) 933-PARK
                               cedar crest conference center at Twin Lakes State Park in central Virginia                 (7275) or contact the park directly.
                               offers meeting space for up to 90 in a picturesque setting. To make confer-
                               ence center reservations at Cedar Crest, call (434) 767-2398. A certified
                               meeting professional can help plan your special events.
mEEtING aNd EVENt FaCIlItIEs


                               The cove ridge center at natural tunnel is ideal for training work-
                               shops, meetings and retreats. Its auditorium accommodates up to 100,
                               and two other rooms can each be reserved for groups of up to 24. Two
                               six-room dormitories sleep up to 48 overnight guests and are just a few
                               feet from the swimming pool. The park’s new cabins provide additional
                               lodging for larger groups.
                               The Water’s edge Meeting Facility at Claytor Lake State Park offers a
                               beautiful setting for weddings, reunions or other special events. A large
                               meeting room accommodates 72 to 125 people, depending on the seating
                               arrangement. The room overlooks the lake and provides a scenic view of
                               the water’s edge.
                               At Westmoreland State Park, Murphy Hall accommodates up to 65 people.              Chippokes Mansion at Chippokes Plantation State Park
                               It’s perfect for meetings or receptions. Audiovisual equipment, a warming
                               kitchen for catered events and a break-out room are available.
                               The Bear creek lake Meeting Hall accommodates up to 65 people for
                               meetings, wedding receptions and other gatherings.
                               Fairy Stone, pocahontas and the Southwest Virginia Museum also have
                               meeting facilities.
                               The Jones-Stewart Mansion at Chippokes Plantation State Park, Bel Air at
                               Belle Isle State Park and Karlan Mansion at Wilderness Road State Park are
                               historic, picturesque locations for weddings and family reunions.


                                                                                                                  Gazebo at Twin Lakes State Park




                               Water’s Edge meeting facility at Claytor Lake State Park


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                                                                                                                                                                                           Eastern Shore
                                                                                                                                                                                           (KP)	 Kiptopeke • (757) 331-2267

                                                                                                                                                                                           Hampton Roads
                                                                                                                                                                                           (CP)	 Chippokes Plantation • (757) 294-3625
                                                                                                                                                                                           (FC)	 False Cape • (757) 426-7128
                                                                                                                                                                                           (FL)	 First Landing • (757) 412-2300
                                                                                                                                                                                           (YR)	 York River • (757) 566-3036

                                                                                                                                                                                           Chesapeake Bay




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               VIrGINIa statE parKs
                                                                                                                                                                                           (BI)	 Belle Isle • (804) 462-5030
                                                                                                                                                                                           (CA)	 Caledon Natural Area • (540) 663-3861
                                                                                                                                                                                           (WE)	Westmoreland • (804) 493-8821




                                                                                                                      Cultural Programs
                                                                                                                                                                                           Northern Virginia
                                                         Boat Launching




                                                                                                                                                                                           (LA)	 Lake Anna • (540) 854-5503
                                                                          Boat Rentals




                                                                                                                                                       Playgrounds

                                                                                                                                                                     Swimming
                                                                                                                                                                                           (LE)	 Leesylvania • (703) 730-8205


                                                                                                                                          Picnicking
                                                                                                            Camping

         Virginia State Parks                                                                                         Nature/
                                                                                                   Cabins
                                                                                         Fishing




                                                                                                                                                                                           (MN)	Mason Neck • (703) 339-2385




                                                                                                                                                                                  Trails
         Amenities
                                                                                                                                                                                           Central Virginia
 ES*




                       Kiptopeke (KP)                        •                •          •FP         •        •              •               •            •            •        H/U/B
                       Chippokes Plantation (CP)                                           •         •        •              •               •            •            P        B/E/H/U    (BC)	 Bear Creek Lake • (804) 492-4410
 HAMPToN




                                                                                                                                                                                           (HB)	 High Bridge Trail • (434) 315-0457
  RoADS




                       False Cape (FC)                                                     •                PC               •               •                         •         B/H
                       First Landing (FL)                    •                             •         •        •              •               •            •            •        B/H/U      (HL)	 Holliday Lake • (434) 248-6308
                       York River (YR)                       •                •          •FP                                 •               •            •                     B/E/H/U    (JR)	 James River • (434) 933-4355
                                                                                                                                                                                           (PO)	 Pocahontas • (804) 796-4255
 NoRTHERN CHESAPEAKE




                       Belle Isle (BI)                       •                •          •FP         •        •              •               •            •                     B/E/H/U
                                                                                                                                                                                           (SC)	 Sailor’s Creek Battlefield • (804) 561-7510
             BAy




                       Caledon Natural Area (CA)                                                                             •               •            •                        H
                       Westmoreland (WE)                     •                •          •FP         •        •              •               •            •            P        B/H/U      (SM)	Smith Mountain Lake • (540) 297-6066
                       Lake Anna (LA)                        •                             •         •        •              •               •            •            •        B/E/H/U    (TL)	 Twin Lakes • (434) 392-3435
                       Leeslyvania (LE)                      •                •          •FP                                 •               •            •                      H/U             Cedar Crest Conference Center
    VA




                       Mason Neck (MN)                   CT                   •            •                                 •               •            •                     B/H/U      	     • (434) 767-2398
                       Bear Creek Lake (BC)                  T                •            •         •        •              •               •            •            •         B/E/H
                       High Bridge Trail (HB)                                                                                                •                                  B/E/H/U
                                                                                                                                                                                           Southern Virginia
                                                                                                                                                                                           (FS)	 Fairy Stone • (276) 930-2424
                       Holliday Lake (HL)                    T                •            •                  •              •               •            •            •         B/E/H
                                                                                                                                                                                           (OC)	 Occoneechee • (434) 374-2210
 CENTRAL




                       James River (JR)                  CT                   •            •         •        •              •               •                                  B/E/H/U
                                                                                                                                                                                           (SR)	 Staunton River • (434) 572-4623
   VA




                       Pocahontas (PO)                       T                •            •                  •              •               •            •            P        B/E/H/U
                                                                                                                                                                                           (SB)	 Staunton River Battlefield • (434) 454-4312
                       Sailor’s Creek Battlefield (SC)                                                                       •               •                                     H
                       Smith Mountain Lake (SM)              •                •          •FP         •        •              •               •            •            •         H/B
                                                                                                                                                                                           Shenandoah Valley
                       Twin Lakes (TL)                       T                •            •         •        •              •               •            •            •         B/E/H     (DO)	 Douthat • (540) 862-8100
                       Fairy Stone (FS)                      T                •            •         •        •              •               •            •            •        B/E/H/U    (SH) Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr.
 SouTHERN




                       Occoneechee (OC)                      •                •            •         •        •              •               •            •                      B/E/H     	     Shenandoah River • (540) 622-6840
    VA




                       Staunton River Battlefield (SB)                                     •                                 •               •                                  B/H/U      (SK)	 Sky Meadows • (540) 592-3556
                       Staunton River (SR)                   •                             •         •        •              •               •            •            P         B/E/H
                                                                                                                                                                                           Blue Ridge
 SHENANDoAH




                       Douthat (DO)                          T                •          •FP         •        •              •               •            •            •         B/H/E
                                                                                                                                                                                           (CL)	 Claytor Lake • (540) 643-2500
    VALLEy




                       Raymond R. “Andy” Guest Jr.       CT                                •         •        •              •               •                                   B/E/H
                       Shenandoah River (SH)
                                                                                                                                                                                           (GH)	 Grayson Highlands • (276) 579-7092
                       Sky Meadows (SK)                                                    •                PC               •               •                                  E/H/U
                                                                                                                                                                                           (HM)	Hungry Mother • (276) 781-7400
                       Claytor Lake (CL)                     •                •          •FP         •        •              •               •            •            •         H/U
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hemlock Haven Conference Center
                       Grayson Highlands (GH)                                              •                  •              •               •            •                      B/E/H     	     • (276) 781-7425
 RiDGE
  BLuE




                       Hungry Mother (HM)                    T                •            •         •        •              •               •            •            •        B/H/U      (NR)	 New River Trail • (276) 699-6778
                       New River Trail (NR)              CT                   •            •                PC               •               •            •                     B/E/H/U    (ST)	 Shot Tower • (276) 699-6778
                       Shot Tower (ST)                                                                                       •               •                                     H
                       Breaks Interstate (BR)                T                •            •         •        •              •               •            •            P         B/E/H     Heart of Appalachia
 APPALACHiA




                                                                                                                                                                                           (BR)	 Breaks Interstate • (276) 865-4413
  HEART oF




                       Natural Tunnel (NT)                                                 •         •        •              •               •            •            P        B/H/U
                       Southwest Virginia                                                            •                       •               •                                   H/U       (NT)	 Natural Tunnel • (276) 940-2674
                       Museum (SW)
                                                                                                                                                                                           	     Cove Ridge Center • (276) 940-2696
                       Wilderness Road (WR)                                                                  G               •               •            •                      B/E/H
                                                                                                                                                                                           (SW) Southwest Virginia Museum
              TABLE LEGEND: (B) Biking (CT) Car-top Boat Launch (E) Equestrian (FP) Fishing Pier (G) Group Camping by Permit                                                               	     • (276) 523-1322
                       (H) Hiking (P) Pool Swimming (PC) Primitive Camping (T) Electric Motors Only (U) Universally Accessible                                                             (WR)	Wilderness Road • (276) 445-3065
* EASTERN SHORE



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                                       Things to see and do
                                         in Virginia State Parks
Relax at the Tye River                 Spend some all-around quality        Tackle “The Avalanche” ice          Fish from a campsite at Bear
Overlook at James River                family time in the yurt at Kipto-    cream treat served at Twin Lakes    Creek Lake State Park
State Park                             peke State Park                      State Park                          Experience the feeling of sand
Ride a chairlift to the tunnel floor   Enjoy fall foliage from the moun-    Listen to the sounds at sunset      as you walk across the beach
at Natural Tunnel State Park           tains to the coast                   through an open cabin window        Rent a boat and ski at Smith
Go night-fishing at Kiptopeke          Try the strawberry shortcake at      Marvel at the colors of the         Mountain Lake State Park
State Park’s pier                      the Delaplane Strawberry Festi-      sunset                              Hike the lakefront trail at
Relive the past at Chippokes           val at Sky Meadows State Park        Launch from the marinas at          Holliday Lake State Park
Mansion at Chippokes Planta-           Inhale the smell of freshly          Claytor Lake and Leesylvania        Chase fireflies
tion State Park                        fallen rain                          state parks
                                                                                                                Get married in the gazebo at
Make a bull’s-eye at the               Hear traditional music at the        Geo-cache in any Virginia           Claytor Lake State Park
archery range at Bear Creek            Gathering in the Gap at the          State Park
Lake State Park                        Southwest Virginia Museum                                                Hike the boardwalk through
                                                                            View parts of three states          the cypress swamps at First
Encourage a young person               Try peanut pie at the Pork,          at Grayson Highlands State Park     Landing State Park
to participate in the Junior           Peanut and Pine Festival             Go stargazing at the astronomy
Ranger Program                         at Chippokes Plantation                                                  Make and sample apple butter
                                                                            programs at Sky Meadows             at Douthat State Park’s Apple
Stay at the Poplar Hill Cottage at     State Park                           State Park                          Day Festival
Southwest Virginia Museum              Have more campfire s’mores           Canoe under the stars at York       Hike to the trailside waterfalls at
Witness an Indian raid at              Tour the Mount Bleak House           River State Park                    Grayson Highlands State Park
Martin’s Station at Wilderness         decorated for the holidays at        Explore a different world on
Road State Park                        Sky Meadows State Park                                                   Study our heritage at the Civilian
                                                                            night hikes led by park rangers     Conservation Corps Museum at
Admire the workmanship of              Photograph Falling Springs Falls     Hike through railroad tunnels on    Pocahontas State Park
the unique “double dam” at             near Douthat State Park              New River Trail State Park
Douthat State Park                                                                                              Relive the day’s events at sunset
                                       Take your horse to the 20 parks      Ride “The Terragator” or tram       over the Chesapeake Bay at
Photograph wild ponies at              with equestrian trails               at False Cape State Park            Kiptopeke State Park
Grayson Highlands State Park           Indulge in Women’s Wellness          View Lake Douthat from the          Relax before a crackling
Marvel at the bridge at High           Weekends at Douthat and Natu-        Douthat Lodge at Douthat            fireplace in a warm cabin
Bridge Trail State Park                ral Tunnel state parks               State Park                          Fish for trout at Douthat
Splash with the kids at the            Meet the extended family at the      Take pleasure in blooming           State Park
Aquatic Center at Pocahontas           1930s Hungry Mother Lodge at         rhododendrons, dogwood and
State Park                             Hungry Mother State Park                                                 Catch a largemouth bass at
                                                                            redbud trees                        Lake Anna State Park
Access the Appalachian Trail           Take the kids swimming at “The       Bicycle through Farmville on
at Grayson Highlands and Sky           Critter Hole” swimming area at                                           Eat Sunday brunch at The
                                                                            High Bridge Trail State Park        Restaurant at Hungry Mother
Meadows state parks                    Holliday Lake State Park
                                                                            See the lighting of the tunnel at   State Park
Take in a concert at the amphi-        Experience “The Moccasin” water      Natural Tunnel State Park
theater at Pocahontas State Park       slide at Staunton River State Park                                       Tap your toes at the Wayne C.
                                                                            Hike Molly’s Knob Trail at Hungry   Henderson Music Festival at
Find fairy stones at Fairy Stone       Learn about bird-banding at          Mother State Park                   Grayson Highlands State Park
State Park                             Kiptopeke State Park
                                                                            Pick pumpkins at Sky Meadows        Walk on hallowed ground at
Learn about another culture at         Tube the James River at James        State Park                          Sailor’s Creek or Staunton
the Native American Festival at        River State Park                                                         River battlefields
Occoneechee State Park                                                      Watch the sunset reflect off the
                                       Find shark teeth on the beach at     cliffs at Westmoreland State Park   Experience the view from Culler’s
Sleep near your horse at one of        Westmoreland State Park                                                  Overlook at Shenandoah River
nearly 100 equestrian campsites                                             Pan for gold at Lake Anna
                                       Experience fall festivals, includ-   State Park                          State Park
in seven parks                         ing the granddaddy of them
                                                                            Do some serious bird-watching       Take an eagle tour to see
Return to the frontier at the          all, the Grayson Highlands Fall                                          America’s symbol in its own
block-house at Natural Tunnel          Festival at Grayson Highlands        at the Heron Rookery at Mason
                                                                            Neck State Park                     environment at Caledon
State Park                             State Park                                                               Natural Area




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