Monday, January 30, 2023

Want to make a resolution and complete it in the same day? Visit a Virginia State Park

View of the winding Taskinas Creek at York River State Park. Photo courtesy Virginia State Parks
View of the winding Taskinas Creek at York River State Park. (Courtesy photo/Virginia State Parks)

It’ll be 2019 soon and Virginia State Parks wants residents to ring in the new year with a bit of nature.

On New Year’s Day, all Virginia State Parks will offer free parking and the first 100 visitors to each park will receive a special bumper sticker, according to a news release from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Virginia State Parks will also be offering two separate contests in which participants can win gift certificates valued at up to $500. To be eligible, participants need only to register, hike in the park on Jan. 1 and then record the hike online. Registration must be done online before midnight on Monday.

There will also be an annual photo contest to give visitors the chance to win gift certificates that can be used for camping and cabin reservations at any of the state parks or to purchase annual passes.

The photo must be taken on Tuesday at one of the Virginia State Parks and needs to be uploaded to the contest site online before midnight Tuesday. Participants can enter up to three photos.

For more information on guided hikes, contest rules and rates visit Virginia State Parks online.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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