Virginia State Parks are consistently rated the best in the nation. 2016 marks the 80th year since Virginia’s state parks opened, and they’ve been the backdrop for perfect family vacations ever since. Families find Virginia’s 36 state parks as diverse as the state itself, with parks found along the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay, on historic sites, in the Blue Ridge Mountains and just outside of major cities. The parks have thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, more than 600 miles of trails and convenient access to Virginia's major waterways.
Most state parks offer campsites, some with with hookups - electricity, water and sewer - as well as climate-controlled
Parks also offer many special events, ranging from demonstrations on campfire cooking to weekend-long festivals that draw guests from the entire region. Enjoy the great outdoor fun.
On Saturday, May 21, to commemorate National Park Trust’s sixth annual Kids to Parks Day, all 36 Virginia State Parks have outstanding programs and events lined up to encourage regular park users as well as new visitors to come out for the day. Visitors on May 21 will receive a pass good for a free future Virginia State Park visit any time before Dec. 31. Kids to Parks Day also starts the second annual Get Outdoors! Challenge. Log visits to five different Virginia State Parks between May 21 and June 30 and earn an annual pass for free park entrance at all 36 Virginia State Parks across the state. Get more information.
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