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Virginia State Park campgrounds will open on March 3

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation campgrounds open on March 3. Full-service campgrounds with bathhouses are open from the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December.

Douthat, Hungry Mother, Pocahontas and Shenandoah River state parks have full-service campgrounds open year-round.

Due to a campground renovation project, camping at Claytor Lake State Park near Waynesboro will open April 1.

Spring is right around the corner and whether you are looking for a week long retreat or a restful weekend getaway, Virginia State Parks has you covered. The camping options are plentiful and vary from cabins and bunkhouses to yurts and primitive camping. Each park offers different scenic camping options.

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Are you a member of the Customer Loyalty Program? If not, check out the web page and see how you can start earning rewards for staying at a campground, cabin, bunkhouse or in a lodge at the parks you love.

Visit the camping web page for more details about reservations, cancelations and severe weather procedures. If you are traveling with horses, be sure to visit the equestrian camping page for all the policies dealing with horses while camping.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-933-PARK (7275) and choosing option 5. You can make lodging reservations up to 11 months in advance or, for camping, up to 2 p.m. on the day of arrival, so start planning your next adventure today.

All parks with campgrounds now offer site-specific reservations for campsites. This new reservation system allows a camper to view an interactive map and choose an available site to reserve.

Managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia State Parks offers more than 1,800 campsites, with options ranging from primitive camping to RV sites with electric and water hookups.

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