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Virginia State Parks plan gradual reopening of park amenities

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Posted at 4:57 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 08:42:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia State Parks plan to gradually reopen some facilities as the state slowly eases restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The parks will continue to comply with group size limitations of 10 people and keep at least 6 ft apart from other park guests. Anyone who is sick or has symptoms similar to COVID-19 should stay home.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Director Clyde E. Cristman said, “We’re honored that people are choosing Virginia State Parks for the outdoor experiences they need now... Access to green space and fresh air is important for physical and mental health. Virginia State Parks staff is working diligently to ensure safe access for everyone.”

Anyone planning to visit a park during the Spring or Summer months should expect changes to normal park operations and some facilities to remain closed. Keep in mind, state parks in Northern Virginia could be impacted differently because of delayed reopening rules.

Following is a list of state park amenities and status as of May 14.
Updates will be posted at www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/covid-19-update [dcr.virginia.gov].

Guests should check www.virginiastateparks.gov [virginiastateparks.gov] for the latest information about individual parks before they leave home.

Open
Trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use
Boat ramps
Picnic tables and grills (open for groups fewer than 10)

Opening for Memorial Day weekend
Restrooms
Campgrounds (except at Twin Lakes State Park, where the septic system is being repaired)
Camping cabins and yurts
Boat and bike rentals (will vary by park)
Chairlift at Natural Tunnel State Park (limited schedule)

Closed until further notice
Picnic shelters
Playgrounds
Cabins and lodges
Swimming beaches
Visitor centers
Meeting facilities
Ranger-led programs (self-guided programs are available)
Shuttle services (includes the shuttle at Natural Bridge State Park)

Closed through summer 2020
Swimming pools (includes the Splash Spray Ground at Occoneechee State Park)
Horse livery at New River Trail State Park