Discover what makes Virginia's Blue Ridge the best outdoor destination on the East Coast.
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The Virginia State Parks in the region offer a great opportunity to experience the outdoors of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.
With five state parks in the surrounding areas, all the fantastic programs, events, activities, facilities, and outdoor amenities of the Virginia State Park program can make for a wonderful way to spend a vacation.
The tranquility of the Blue Ridge Mountains combined with the service, hospitality, and knowledge of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, make for a first-class experience at any of our local state parks.
You can enjoy incredible water access and fishing opportunities at Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Fairy Stone State Park, and Claytor Lake State Park, and each also features space for camping and cabin rentals.
Whether it's through renting a cabin, pitching a tent, or finding the perfect spot to park the camper, you can find the ideal space for your mountain getaway at a state park.
The Virginia State Parks in the region also offer an abundance of hiking trails and spots for picnicking.
And with information centers, gift shops, and the expertise of park rangers, it's never difficult to find assistance or an answer to a question.
It's a safe, comfortable, relaxing experience that allows you the opportunity to re-connect with nature.
From the family vacation to a corporate retreat, everyone will enjoy their experience in the Blue Ridge Mountains when you visit a Virginia State Park.
Many of the parks also feature facilities that can be rented for special events, such as family reunions, weddings, or social gatherings.