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Self-guided activities

Parks offer many various ranger-led programs, but there are plenty of activities for guests who prefer to explore on their own.

All parks rent GPS units so that guests can try geo-caching or take on the geo-challenges covered by the Virginia State Parks app. Some parks have designed scavenger hunts and other programs that center on the use of GPS units. Many parks also have backpacks, which contain field guides, binoculars and other tools, that can be checked out at no cost. And, of course, there are self-guided trails with signs to describe interesting features of the park and its wildlife.

You'll find many of these activities in this website's park events listing, but call the park before your visit to learn about available self-guided activities.