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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 20, 2005
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks campgrounds now open

(RICHMOND, VA) - Spring has sprung, the weather is warmer, flowers are blooming and there's no better place to enjoy it all than an award-winning Virginia State Park campground, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

"Our campgrounds are tremendously popular," said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon. "With this wonderful spring weather, all of our campgrounds are now open and ready for business."

Offering more than 1,400 campsites in 24 parks ranging from primitive tent sites to recreational vehicle sites with electrical and water hook-ups, Virginia State Parks has something for everyone.

"Our visitors know that Virginia State Parks are an affordable and safe alternative to interstate travel, and our cabins and campsites are designed for privacy and comfort," said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. "Spending a night or two in a cabin or campsite is one of the most rewarding and enriching ways to enjoy a Virginia State Park. Our Virginia State Parks really are a tonic for the mind, body and spirit."

Reservations for cabins and campgrounds are taken up to 11 months in advance, but good sites are available nearly all the time.

For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,400 campsites or 180 climate controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov.

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