Enjoy Spring Break Activities at Virginia State Parks

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Spring break is the perfect time to take the family outdoors to relax and experience nature like never before.

“You can see the trees starting to bud and the flowers blooming while taking a scenic hike to any location in Virginia State Park,” said Virginia State Parks Director Dr. Melissa. Baker. “The campsites offer a nocturnal glimpse of the park and the surrounding wildlife. Sleeping under the stars is a unique way to connect with nature.

Spring visits to the park allow for more outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and bird watching to help shake off the winter blues.

“Spring camping is great because it’s not too hot and you can’t beat the chorus of frogs and toads at night,” said Rebecca Whalen, chief visitor experience ranger at the park. State of Pocahontas. “Fishing is very popular, as is bird watching. We are also excited about ranger-guided programs as we are ready for warmer weather so we can show our visitors all that the park and nature have to offer.

Virginia’s 41 state parks offer self-guided explorations, including backpacks with field guides and binoculars, rental GPS units for geocaching, self-guided trails, scavenger hunts, and other activities.

Many public libraries in Virginia offer nature backpacks for you to explore. Along with handy tools for exploring the natural world, the backpacks include a parking pass for free entry to a state park. find a list of participating libraries here.

“I see a lot of families using the backpacks when visiting. Packs have field guides, viewing jars, and free park passes. It provides the opportunity for lots of family activities that help build trust and connection,” Whalen said.

Virginia state parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information on Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to reserve one of more than 1,800 campsites or 300 air-conditioned cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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