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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 09, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks campgrounds now open

(RICHMOND, VA) - While the official first day of spring isn't until March 20, Virginia State Parks campgrounds are already open.

"Our campgrounds are tremendously popular," said Joseph H. Maroon, director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. "While some campsites in the mountains may still be affected by the weather, we try to open our campgrounds as early in the year as possible."
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 every outdoor enthusiast. Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore even has a large fishing pier and boat launch on the Chesapeake Bay, and Grayson Highlands State Park has equestrian camping where guests camp with their horses, to mention two great parks.

"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.
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.

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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