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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 27, 2003
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks campgrounds open March 1

(RICHMOND, VA) - As the Commonwealth's discontent with winter gives way to glorious spring, the robins return, the iris bloom and the young at heart turn to thoughts of camping. Virginia State Parks campgrounds open Saturday, March 1.

Virginia State Parks offer more than 1,400 campsites in 24 parks ranging from primitive tent sites to recreational vehicle sites with electrical and water hook-ups. Kiptopeke State Park on the Eastern Shore even has cable television hook-ups.

"We offer camping from the mountains to the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay," said Joseph H. Maroon, Director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Virginia State Parks cabins - a popular vacation and getaway choice - are open year-round.

"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."

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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