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Spring is Sprung in Virginia State Parks

Spring is sprung

Da grass is riz

I wonder where dem boidies iz

At a Virginia State Park of course --
and you should be there too!

We're ready for you! Boats at the beach area, Westmoreland State Park
We're ready for you!
Boats at the beach area, Westmoreland State Park

The campgrounds are open and the cabins are waiting for Spring Break visits to our 35 Virginia State Parks. We have worked hard to offer special Spring Break programming at all of our parks over the weeks before and after Easter for Spring Break. Some programs are ranger-led and some are self-guided. All are held in some of the most scenic spots in Virginia, our Virginia State Parks!

Spring morning at a James River State Park cabin
Spring morning at James River State Park

Use our Events List search tool to find the programs that meet your schedule and preferred park. You can search by park, date, and/or type of the program. Or, a full list of the special spring break programming can be found by clicking here.

There are as many programs to choose from as the parks we have, but there are a few activities you can count on at all or most parks.

1) TRAIL QUEST. Earn 5 unique pins for visiting state parks. Sign up on our Virginia Outdoors site and collect the special code at each park (you can find the code on the electronic kiosk at the park). Set a goal for the family. We have just under 2,000 people registered the program and six have visited all the parks. Complete instructions and links for sign up can be found by clicking here.

Hiking at Sky Meadows State Park
Hiking at Sky Meadows State Park

2) BLOOMING ADVENTURE geocache game. If your family members are addicted to technology and spending too much time in front of screens, wean them off with an activity where technology meets nature. Our third annual adventure program, Blooming Adventure, will offer new cache and challenges for 2012. Don't own a GPS unit? No problem - we will rent you one so you can make sure you enjoy the activity before investing in the equipment.

3) TAKE A HIKE! All of our parks have trails of all levels to promote a healthy lifestyle and afford an opportunity to see nature up close and personal. Plan your hikes in advance on Virginia Outdoors by printing maps and taking a video tour like this one on Lover's Leap Trail at Natural Tunnel State Park:

4) EXPLORE KIT Many of our parks offer Park Packs to enhance your visit. Learn more about the flowers, trees, and birds you will see in the park with these backpacks stocked with field guides, binoculars, and other goodies to help you explore. Contact the Park Office to check out a pack.

Check out the official Department of Conservation and Recreation media release for more information of Spring Break in Virginia State Parks. Click here. Virginia Tourism also featured this article on Spring Break in Virginia State Parks.

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Published: 03/17/2012

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