7 State Parks to Explore This Spring
Come explore some of the best rated parks in the country. With 37 parks and more than 600 miles of trail, you're sure to find something to love.
Go to virginia.org/stateparks to plan your next visit to a Virginia State Park.
Natural Chimneys at Mt. Solon, Virginia
Located in the upper Shenandoah Valley near the community of Mt. Solon, Virginia, is the Natural Chimneys Regional Park. The property is owned and managed by Augusta County. The namesake of this park are the 500 million year old limestone chimneys. The highest of these towers over 120 feet above ground level. The rock formation was created under the ocean and then pushed up by magma as the Appalachian Mountains were formed. Caves and sinkholes collapsed, and other forces destroyed weaker layers of rock and eventually formed the chimneys as they are today. The park offers many recreational activities.
Fun Fact: every August since 1821, this park hosts one of the largest jousting tournaments in the United States.
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The Complex by Kevin MacLeod
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Natural Retreats Outfitters, Virginia Hot Springs
While there are many activities to experience on your own at Meadow Lane lodge and Handpicked at Homestead Preserve, Natural Retreats Outfitters holds the exclusive right to guide on the estate. We also have exclusive guiding rights to over 2 additional privately held miles of the Jackson River, just a few miles north of the retreat, a partnership with The Nature Conservancy to lead guided excursions within the 9250-acre Warm Springs Mountain Preserve, and a prime Main Street, Hot Springs location for The Outfitters retail shop.
Humpback Bridge & Alleghany Highlands Blueway
Built in 1857, Humpback Bridge has become one of the most cherished landmarks in Virginia. Today, one of the reasons people visit the Alleghany Highlands is for great outdoor recreation on the rivers and lakes. In the Alleghany Highlands you can experience history over the water and good clean fun on it.
Paradise Springs Winery - Clifton, Virginia
4th Of July:Silver City, Gold Hill, and Virginia City
Independence Day, also commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States of America commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States
Fourth of July on the Comstock rocks. Virginia City offers one of the region's longest firework displays. Echoing off Mt. Davidson for nearly 30 minutes, you'll feel the boom in your bones this July 4 as the fireworks soar high above the town and into Six Mile Canyon, making it visible from nearly anywhere in town.
The Virginia City Fourth of July Celebration also includes a Fourth of July Parade, a raffle and auction, the Comstock Cowboys Second Amendment Concert, an old-west shoot-out and plenty of food and beverage vendors. Throughout the day, visitors can stroll the boardwalk, sample sweets, browse the shops and ride the V&T Railroad short line.
Gala Riverfront Campground
Video tour of Gala James Riverfront campground managed by Twin River Outfitters
Marlinton, WV to Greenbank Observatory, WV
This is a timelapse of a road trip we took from our home in Marlinton, WV to the Greenbank Radio Observatory, WV (about 30 miles). We make stops at the Seneca Lake picnic area, Seneca Lake with camping cabins and the Seneca Lake campground. The campground is great, about 10 spots. $17 per night. No electricity, vault toilets, central water pump. Vid was shot day after Memorial Day, nobody there. Next video goes to Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Third video goes from Cass back to Marlinton, via Back Mountain road. Does not show much of Greenbank, just the road to it.
Turn on closed captions for sub-titles on all of these videos
Downtowns of Alleghany Highlands, VA 30-second Spot
This 30-second spot was derived from the full length video promoting tourism to the two downtown districts in the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia.
Trucking from Charlottesville,VA to Greenville,VA