Friday, December 9, 2022

Celebrate the Great American Campout at a Virginia state park this weekend

Celebrate the Great American Campout this weekend with a trip to a state park. (WYDaily/File photo)
Celebrate the Great American Campout this weekend with a trip to a Virginia state park. (WYDaily/File photo)

Celebrate the Great American Campout this weekend with a trip to a Virginia state park.

Virginia State Parks will offer activities throughout the weekend to participate in the Great American Campout. Activities will teach basic camping skills, such as starting a campfire and using it to cook, how to use gear and more.

A full list of programs can be viewed at the state parks website.

Williamsburg-area residents who want to stay close to home can visit the York River State Park for a day trip.

The park, located at 9801 York River Park Road, does not offer camping but has canoe and kayak rentals, more than 40 miles of trails and fishing areas.

The park will also host a backpacking 101 course from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a Civil War camp demonstration from 1 to 5 p.m.

Parking at York River State Park is $4 per car, or $6 at Croaker Landing.

For those looking to take a day trip or stay in a cabin or at a campground, Virginia state parks also offer more than 1,800 campsites and 300 cabins.

For more information about Virginia state parks, including overnight accommodations, visit the Virginia state parks website or call the customer service center at 800-933-7275 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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