RICHMOND – Virginia State Parks campgrounds will open on March 3, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) announced.
According to DCR, full-service campgrounds with bathhouses open on the first Friday in March until the first Monday in December. The exceptions are Douthat, Hungry Mother, Pocahontas and Shenandoah River state parks, which have full-service campgrounds that are open year-round and Claytor Lake State Park, which will not open until April 1 due to a campground renovation project.
DCR notes Virginia State Parks offer a variety of camping options from cabins and bunkhouses to yurts and primitive camping. Managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, it offers more than 1,800 campsites ranging from primitive camping to RV sites with electric and water hookups.
Visit the camping web page for more details about reservations, cancelations and severe weather procedures. Those traveling with horses should visit the equestrian camping page for all the policies dealing with horses while camping.
DCR said all parks with campgrounds now offer site-specific reservations for campsites, allowing a camper to view an interactive map and choose an available site to reserve.
Reservations may be made online or by calling 1-800-933-PARK (7275) and choosing option five. Lodging reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance or, for camping, up to 2 p.m. on the day of arrival.
DCR also offers a Customer Loyalty Program where campers can earn rewards for staying at a campground, cabin, bunkhouse or in a lodge.