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General Park Rules and Regulations

We want your visit with us to be as relaxing and trouble-free as possible. Before you arrive, please become familiar with these few simple facts about Virginia State Parks. Observe the rules and regulations while staying at your park.

Natural surroundings: Help preserve your park. Please do not cut or scar any plants or trees. Collecting any animal or plant is strictly prohibited except by permit from Richmond state parks headquarters or as allowed by the park during environmental education programming. Remember, take only pictures and leave only footprints. And refrain from feeding wild animals.

Litter and garbage are unsightly and attract and injure animals. Please use the trash dumpsters if available or pack all trash out in our trash-free parks. The releasing of balloons is not allowed. Decorative balloons must be deflated and disposed of as trash.

May I bring alcoholic beverages? State law permits alcohol use only in private areas (inside a cabin or camping unit) or in areas designated on permits issued by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings and within 25 feet of their entrances. It is also prohibited in all cabins, lodges and meeting facilities. Smoking is not allowed in snack bars, amphitheaters, pool complexes and all beach areas, even those not designated for swimming. Guests should properly dispose of cigarette butts.

Trails: Help prevent trail erosion. Walk along designated trails only. Mountain bikes are permitted only on roads and bike trails, not hiking trails. Our trails will take you to the most scenic areas of your park. Please don't create your own trail.

Fireworks: Fireworks are prohibited.

Fishing: Where permitted, valid Virginia fishing licenses are required. Remember, saltwater and special trout waters require licenses too. Please call your park in advance for help or details.

Speed Limits: Interior park roads are generally posted at 25 mph or lower. Helmets are required when operating motorcycles.

Metal detectors: Metal detectors may be used only on designated manmade beaches and only with a DCR special use permit. Such a permit may be obtained from the park's manager.

Drones and other aircraft: Drones, other unmanned aerial vehicles including remote control aircraft, and aircraft in general cannot be flown in state parks persuant to 4VAC5-30-400.

Research and collecting: Individuals, educational institutions and research agencies must have a completed and approved Research and Collecting Permit to research and collect on state park property. DCR does not typically require the permit for unobtrusive observation, but some parks restrict these activities to protect sensitive resources.

Anything illegal elsewhere in Virginia is generally illegal in a state park. Here are some specific park regulations in the Virginia Administrative Code.

Formal regulations