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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 12, 2011
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks a bucolic Spring Break destination

(RICHMOND) – As the long winter slowly gives way to spring, Virginia State Parks offer a whole new meaning to “cabin fever.”

Spring break is a great time for the entire family to get out of your cabin and into a comfortable and economical state park cabin or campsite. No matter the weather, you can remain cool or warm with the efficient heating and air conditioning in each of the more than 265 state park cabins.

Climate-controlled, fully furnished cabins are available at Bear Creek Lake, Chippokes Plantation, Claytor Lake, Douthat, Fairy Stone, First Landing, Hungry Mother, James River, Lake Anna, Natural Tunnel, Occoneechee, Shenandoah River, Smith Mountain Lake, Staunton River, Twin Lakes and Westmoreland state parks. Cabin sizes and sleeping arrangements vary by park, but bedroom linens include mattress covers, pillows, blankets, sheets and pillow cases.

All cabins have kitchens with a microwave, refrigerator, oven, dishes, cooking utensils, silverware, kitchen towels and glassware. Cabins also have bathrooms, including bath towels.

In short, all that’s missing for a state park cabin adventure is you.

If roughing it is more your style, consider one of the 1,700 campsites in 24 state parks, ranging from primitive sites to developed sites with electric and water hookups for campers and recreational vehicles.

Developed campsites can accommodate six people per site or all members of a household. Designated group camping areas also are available.

Developed and group campsites have picnic tables, grills and access to well-maintained bathhouses. Primitive campsites generally have fire grills, picnic tables, pit toilets and non-potable water.

Primitive hike-in camping is available at False Cape and Sky Meadows. Primitive drive-in camping is available at James River, and hike-in and canoe-in sites are available at New River Trail and Shenandoah River Raymond R. ”Andy” Guest Jr. state parks. Equestrian camping sites are available at Grayson Highlands, James River, New River Trail and Occoneechee state parks.

The 35 award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about state park activities and amenities, or to make reservations in a campsite or cabin, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800- 933-7275 or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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