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Visit Virginia's state parks during Great Outdoors Month

Enjoy fishing, boating, camping, hiking, swimming and the great outdoors at Virginia State Parks
Enjoy fishing, boating, camping, hiking, swimming and the great outdoors at Virginia State Parks
Sandy Wallace

The month of June is Great Outdoors Month, the perfect time to explore Virginia's state parks. Whether you enjoy hiking, fishing, boating, camping or other outdoor activities, you'll find a wide variety of options at all 36 Virginia State Parks.

There's fun for all ages at Virginia's state parks
Jim Steward, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Virginia State Parks are located all across the state, with the largest concentrations in Central Virginia, Southwest Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. Half of the parks offer seasonal swimming in pools or lakes.

Camping season at state parks runs from March through early December. Camping options range from primitive tent sites to RVAll of the Virginia State Parks are offering special events for the Great American Backyard Campout the last weekend in June. Camping fees are reasonable at the parks.

All Virginia State Parks offer hiking trails, including portions of the Appalachian Trail in some of the parks. Some Virginia State Parks have multi-use trails which are also suitable for biking, horseback riding or mountain biking.

If you love to fish, Virginia's State Parks are just the place to go. Nearly all of the parks offer fishing and many also offer canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals.

Nearby marinas also rent larger vessels for partial or all day fishing and boating. If you're looking for a different way to enjoy the open water, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding at a state park.

The first zipline in a Virginia State Park opened recently at Shenandoah River State Park. Virginia Canopy Tours enables visitors to tour the park by zipline. Enjoy a fun adventure this summer. Reservations are being taken now for the zipline tour, which takes about three hours to complete.

The nearest state parks to Lynchburg are Holliday Lake State Park near Appomattox, High Bridge Trail State Park near Farmville, Smith Mountain Lake State Park near Moneta and James River State Park near Gladstone. All of these parks are an hour or less from Lynchburg.

If you're willing to travel a couple of hours each way, you have even more state park choices, including Bear Creek Lake, Twin Lakes, Staunton River, Fairy Stone and Occoneechee State Parks.

Outdoor adventures are more fun at Virginia State Parks. Whether you enjoy camping, fishing, boating, hiking or other outdoor fun, head to your nearest state park and grab a taste of the great outdoors.

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