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Date: February 23, 2001

Virginia State Parks campgrounds open March 1

(RICHMOND, VA) - There's something special about the warmth of a campfire, the tranquility of the great outdoors and the sense of peace that can only be found when you're camping. The unique and special memories of camping can be yours again in a Virginia State Park.

Thursday, March 1, marks the opening of the 2001 camping season in Virginia State Parks.

"We have camping opportunities from the mountains to the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay," said Department of Conservation and Recreation Director David Brickley. "State park campsites are designed to ensure privacy, safety and comfort."

Virginia State Parks offer more than 1,000 campsites ranging from primitive tent sites to recreational vehicle sites with electrical and water hook-ups.

"Cabins in Virginia State Parks - a popular vacation getaway choice - are already open," said State Parks Director Joe Elton. "Spending the night in a cabin or at a campsite is one of the most rewarding and enriching ways to enjoy a Virginia State Park."

For more information about spending the night in a Virginia State Park, call 1-800-933-PARK, in Richmond 225-3867.


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