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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 25, 2006
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks campgrounds open for 2006

RICHMOND - With the start of the 2006 camping season, Virginia State Parks kicks off a year-long 70th anniversary celebration of the award-winning Virginia State Parks, which are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

With the arrival of spring and warmer weather, our campgrounds are now open and ready for business. said DCR Director Joseph H. Maroon. Our campgrounds are exceptionally popular, which is reflected in our attendance - last year we hosted nearly 7 million visitors, with more than 500,000 guests staying overnight in our campgrounds.

On June 15-18, 2006, Virginia State Parks celebrates its 70th anniversary by rolling back the admission fee to 1936 rates, - visitors will be charged 10 cents each, all weekend long.

All parks will also have free birthday cake Saturday, June 17, from 1-3 p.m. Individual parks will offer special programs, children's activities, educational programs, tours and historical vignettes reflecting the unique character of each park.

Twenty-five parks offer more than 1,600 campsites that range from primitive tent sites to recreational vehicle sites with electrical and water hook-ups. Virginia State Parks has something for everyone.

For 70 years, our visitors have known 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. 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 campsites are available nearly all the time. Nearly all Virginia State Parks campgrounds are open through Dec. 3, 2006.

Grayson Highlands State Park camping opens the first weekend in May, because of the parks high elevation and periodic cold weather.

For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,600 campsites or 200 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov .

EDITORS: The following Virginia State Parks offer campsites -- from primitive to fully developed sites with water and electrical hook-ups. Call the parks in your area for specific information. Information is also available at www.dcr.virginia.gov .

Bear Creek Lake State Park
(804) 492-4410

Chippokes Plantation
State Park (757) 294-3625

Claytor Lake State Park
(540) 643-2500

Douthat State Park
(540) 862-8100

Fairy Stone State Park
(276) 930-2424

False Cape State Park
(757) 426-7128

First Landing State Park
(757) 412-2300

Grayson Highlands State Park
(540) 579-7092

Holliday Lake State Park
(434) 248-6308

Hungry Mother State Park
(276) 781-7400

James River State Park
(434) 933-4355

Kiptopeke State Park
(757) 331-2267

New River Trail State Park
(276) 699-6778

Natural Tunnel State Park
(276) 940-2674

Occoneechee State Park
(434) 374-2210

Pocahontas State Park
(804) 796-4255

Raymond R. Andy Guest Jr.
Shenandoah River State Park
(540) 622-6840

Sky Meadows State Park
(540) 592-3556

Smith Mountain Lake
State Park (540) 297-6066

Staunton River State Park
(434) 572-4623

Twin Lakes State Park
(434) 392-3435

Westmoreland State Park
(804) 493-8821


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