Virginia Announces New State Parks Website

new-state-websiteVirginia Secretary of Natural Resources, Doug Domenech, announced today a new Virginia parks and outdoor recreation website that will make planning for Memorial Day and summertime weekend get-aways easier and more fun.   www.Virginiaoutdoors.com features the best of Virginia’s outdoors. The Virginia Outdoors site uses rich content provided by the partners to make outdoor recreation trip planning fun and easy. This content includes video tours of trails in all Virginia State Parks, audio podcasts with park staff and others who provide an insider’s view on what our parks and open spaces have to offer. To encourage people to visit the new site, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is providing a day of free parking and chances to win more prizes by registering online.   The new website now allows potential visitors to see information, including virtual tours of park trails, in their own homes as they plan family outings.

Speaking about this new website, Secretary Domenech noted, “Virginia is home to an excellent state park system that is enjoyed by people of all ages who love the outdoors.   This website will showcase our parks, trails, waterways and other outdoor opportunities not only to Virginians, but also to those who live outside the Commonwealth- encouraging them to come explore all that Virginia has to offer.   The Virginia Outdoors website is the nexus of a tremendous public-private partnership.   I thank Dominion Virginia Power for their work on this site that will make traveling in and around Virginia easier and more fun.

The new site, was developed for the Virginia Association for Parks through donations from the Dominion Foundation.

To encourage people to visit the new site, everyone who goes online and registers as a free associate member of VAFP until Labor Day will receive a pass for a free day of parking in a Virginia State Park. Depending on the number, registrants will also be eligible to win prizes ranging from an annual park pass to camping or cabin stays. Visitors can register online at www.virginiaoutdoors.com/join.