These 15 Vintage Photos Show The Beauty Of Virginia’s State Parks Over The Years

June 15th, 1936 was an important day in Virginia’s history. Six beautiful state parks opened for the first time, offering families and visitors newly-constructed recreational facilities to enjoy. Moreover, irreplaceable natural resources would now be protected and maintained by the system. Today, Virginia offers 38 parks, each with its own unique amenities and natural wonders to explore. As the 84th anniversary of Virginia State Parks draws near, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate all that these state parks have provided us. The following photos show the development and enjoyment of some of our most stunning state parks over the years.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

The video below, courtesy of DCRVirginia, offers a fascinating overview of the importance of the CCC in Virginia:

What are your thoughts on these vintage photos of Virginia’s state parks? We’d love to hear from you! Learn more about the fascinating history of Virginia’s State Park system by clicking here. As always, feel free to join in on the conversation by leaving a comment below.

Address: 14239 Douthat State Park Rd, Millboro, VA 24460, USA
Address: 2854 Park Blvd, Marion, VA 24354, USA
Address: 967 Fairystone Lake Dr, Stuart, VA 24171, USA
Address: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Address: 788 Twin Lakes Rd, Green Bay, VA 23942, USA
Address: 2500 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, USA
Address: 4001 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, USA