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 41 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. Let’s take a step back in time to pay a visit to some beautiful state parks in Virginia, shall we?
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? What’s your favorite state park to visit in Virginia? Did you see any historic photos of it above? 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.
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State parks to visit in Virginia
Are there any national parks in Virginia?
Ever heard of Shenandoah National Park? Virginia's crown jewel, few places in the country are as breathtakingly beautiful as Shenandoah National Park. This scenic expanse of the Southern Appalachian mountains in Virginia is 200,000 acres of pastoral perfection. Photographers love Shenandoah National Park for its picture-perfect panoramas, but this national park is so much more than just a quick photo stop. With stunning and radiant scenery, Shenandoah National Park offers some of the very best outdoor recreation opportunities in the U.S., stellar hiking trails (including access to the world-famous Appalachian Trail), extraordinary camping, an abundance of wildlife, and, yes, some of the most jaw-dropping views in the country. Shenandoah is a true national treasure; a place that belongs on everyone’s bucket list. If you'd prefer to explore Shenandoah by car, one of the most scenic drives in America actually rolls right through this natural paradise!
What is the best state park to visit in Virginia?
There are 41 state parks in Virginia, and we absolutely advocate for visiting each and every one of them! But in terms of superlatives, Grayson Highlands State Park is a fan favorite. Measuring 4,500 acres, Grayson Highlands State Park is a treasure trove of beautiful views, complete with panoramic mountain views, an excellently maintained campground, massive waterfalls, and even wild ponies (!!). This park is impressive on every level; in fact, it’s recognized as the best state park in Virginia. After you’ve visited this southwestern Virginia destination, we have no doubt you will totally agree.