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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 14, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks fall foliage vacation destination

(RICHMOND) - Virginia's brilliant fall colors are legendary, and there's no better place to enjoy the season than in an award-winning Virginia State Park, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

"From the mountains to the valley to the Chesapeake Bay, state parks are perfect places to see the changing seasons up close," said Department of Conservation and Recreation Director Joseph H. Maroon. "The cooler weather and changing colors of fall make state parks special places to relax and enjoy.

"Our cabins and campgrounds remain open and available well into winter," Maroon said. "Cabins have air conditioning and heating, so they are comfortable year-round, and our campsites are open through Dec. 6, 2004. We also have plenty of cabins available in the mountains or near rivers and lakes during the week. One of the best ways to watch the sunrise in Virginia is from a Virginia State Parks cabin or campsite."

The Virginia Tourism Corp.'s website, www.virginia.org/fall/home.asp, allows visitors to see weekly photos of the current color of leaves from "Leaf Cams" at several Virginia State Parks around Virginia.

For up to the minute information about Virginia State Parks or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,400 campsites or 180 cabins, call 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.dcr.virginia.gov.

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