RICHMOND, VA – Discover the magic of the winter season amidst the natural beauty of one of Virginia’s 42 state parks. Snow-covered trails and frozen streams create a beautiful backdrop for outdoor explorers and nature lovers to enjoy guided hikes, wildlife spotting and educational programs.
“The adventures don’t stop at Virginia State Parks just because it’s winter,” said Director Dr. Melissa Baker. “Our 42 parks transform into a playground for winter enthusiasts of all ages, offering an unparalleled range of experiences to explore and enjoy.”
Over the next two months, visitors can take advantage of nearly 200 nature and history programs across the state, including Archery 101 at Occoneechee, Snakes Alive at Widewater, Sappy Saturday at Claytor Lake, REI Appalachian Trail Overnight Backpacking at Sky Meadows and a Children’s Discovery Hike at Leesylvania.
For visitors who prefer to explore on their own, parks offer self-guided activities, such as GPS scavenger hunts, interpretive trails and geocaching.
After a day of exploration, visitors can unwind and cozy up in the comfort of one of Virginia State Parks’ 300 climate-controlled cabins. Reservations can be made online at reservevaparks.com or by calling 800-933-PARK.
To learn more about winter activities and to view the calendar of nature and history programs, please go to virginiastateparks.gov.
Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to reserve one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit virginiastateparks.gov.