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Virginia State Parks garner nationwide recognition for camping and outdoor recreation.

Many parks are just a short drive from your hometown

July 23, 2010|Web Staff
Photo by Hank Ebert

Roanoke,Va — Central and Southwest Virginia garners nationwide recognition for camping and outdoor recreation.

Eight of the twelve Virginia parks on the ReserveAmerica.com Top 100 Family Campgrounds are right out our back door. In alphabetical order they are:

Claytor Lake State Park – Dublin
Douthat State Park – Millboro
Fairy Stone State Park – Stuart
James River State Park – Gladstone
New River Trail State Park - Foster Falls
Occoneechee State Park - Clarksville,
Smith Mountain Lake State Park – Huddleston
Staunton River State Park – Scottsburg

These and more Virginia Parks are included in the 17 categories compiled to determine the top campgrounds and locations. Over 3,000 parks were evaluated based in part on testimonials from park rangers, regional park management and campers, as well as specific family-friendly criteria including kid-friendly parks, scenic views, hiking trails, children’s activities and more.

ReserveAmerica.com is a provider of campground reservation services to help campers and their families plan camping trips at great locations across Virginia and America’s outdoors.

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The rest of the Awards:


Top 25 amazing locations include
Fairy Stone State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park



Top 25 Biking Trails include
Douthat State Park
New River Trail State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 25 Bird-Watching Spots include
Staunton River State Park

Top 25 Canoeing Spots include
Fairy Stone State Park
Holliday Lake State Park
James River State Park
New River State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 25 Educational & Historical Facilities include
Douthat State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 50 Fishing Spots include
Claytor Lake State Park
Douthat State Park
James River State Park
New River State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 50 Hiking Trails include
Douthat State Park
Grayson Highlands State Park
New River Trail State Park
Staunton River State Park


Top 20 Horse Friendly Parks include
New River State Park

Top 25 Kid-Friendly Parks include
Hungry Mother State Park
Occoneechee State Park

Top 25 Park Beaches include
Fairy Stone State Park

Top 25 Picnic Areas include
Claytor Lake State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 25 Romantic Spots include
Douthat State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 50 Scenic Views include
Staunton River State Park

Top 25 Tours & Events include
New River State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park

Top 25 Unique Cabins include
Fairy Stone State Park
Occoneechee State Park
Staunton River State Park
Staunton River State Park
Twin Lakes State Park

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