Virginia State Parks Are Open!

For now the State Parks are open and providing outdoor recreation opportunities (but not playgrounds). There are are limited or no services (some have bathrooms, some don’t) so check online before you go.

But we do need the outdoors. Probably more now than ever, so as long as you and your family (including your dog) observe social distancing rules – go get that Vitamin D!


Safety and well-being are the first priorities for the Virginia Park System, specifically with visitors and staff in mind. If you are sick and/or experiencing symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 infection that you please refrain from visiting. It is very important that guests follow social distancing guidelines during all visits by keeping a distance of 6 feet or more between themselves and other guests.

Things to Know Before You Go

In adherence with federal guidance and the Governor’s executive order, all Virginia State Parks visitor centers are closed to the public. Park staff is available by phone if assistance is needed. Overnight facilities and outdoor spaces remain open. Groups or gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Self check-in guidance will be emailed to overnight guests.

It is important to remember, however, that any public facility is only as clean as the last person who touched it. Therefore, a good portion of your safety relies on you. You should also be aware that the parks sanitizing and disinfection protocols do not include outdoor surfaces, play equipment or picnic tables. Restrooms and bathhouses, that are open, are being cleaned as often as possible.

Parking Fees

If contact stations are not staffed, which is typical at this point in the season, self-pay is available, and we recommend you bring cash or check for the daily parking fees.

Programs and Events

All in person programs and events are canceled through March 31 as well as any event of 10 or more people that is scheduled through April 15.

In order to comply with CDC recommendations on social distancing, Virginia State Park staff will not provide shuttle service for recreation activities. If you intend to participate in activities that have different starting and ending locations, you will want to prepare to have transportation available at your start and end points.