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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 26, 2002
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia State Parks: A great fall vacation destination

(RICHMOND) - As the dog days of summer slowly surrender to fall, the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage remains yours to enjoy in Virginia State Parks.

"State parks are perfect places to enjoy the changing seasons," said Department of Conservation and Recreation Joseph H. Maroon. "Cabins have air conditioning and heating so they're comfortable year-round."

Cabins fill up quickly around holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton.

"Weekends are also popular times to stay in a state parks cabin," Elton said. "We also have cabins available during the week in the mountains or near rivers and lakes. One of the best ways to watch the sun rise in Virginia is from a Virginia State Parks cabin or campsite."

Virginia's state park system is the 2001-2003 National Gold Medal award winner for excellence in park and recreation management, the nation's most prestigious award for state parks.

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 cabins, call 1-800-933-PARK.

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