Where would you like to go and what would you like to see in Virginia? From the mountains to the seashore chances are we have you covered at Virginia State Parks
Here are my personal top 5 favorite Virginia State Parks to take in the scenery and enjoy the diverse landscapes of the Commonwealth. Each and every state park has so much to offer, it wasn't easy to pick just 5, but if I chose all 36 the list would be too long:
This park not only offers a chairlift down into the tunnel floor to watch the coal trains passing through, but you can hike or walk down to the creek, Carter cabin and a birding and wildlife trail. You can also hike up around the top of the tunnel for breathtaking landscapes. View the trail guidehere.
Tunnel Hill Trail will get you this view from the top at Natural Tunnel State Park
#2 Grayson Highlands State Park
An amazing park offering magnificent scenery that photographers can only dream about. From bouldering, blueberries to wild ponies the here.
Twin Pinnacles at Grayson Highlands State Park offers spectacular scenery
This river front park is a day use park that featuresrare and delicate estuarine environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet to create a rich habitat for marine and plant life. We recommend your hike and walk also include a paddle to enjoy the landscape at this stunning state park from the water. View the trail guide here.
York River State Park shelter #1 offers a great view of Taskinas Creek and the York River
In the Alleghenies has been called the Disneyland of mountain biking. But if you want to tackle it by foot, as you walk or hike, don't forget to look down, as some of the most spectacular views may be just to the right and left of your trail. View the trail guide here.
Virginia Bluebells at Douthat State Park
#4 High Bridge Trail State Park
This rail trail state park allows you to view the central Virginia countryside from the tree tops. The trail is 31 miles long, but the park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. It is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the United States.View the trail guide here.
View over the river and tree tops from High Bridge Trail State Park
#5 Chippokes Plantation State Park
An historic state park which has been aworking farm since 1619 is one of the oldest continually farmed plantations in the countryand sits along the Historic James River. Wagon rides, fossil walks, canoeing, swimming, museum exhibits, peanut and soy fields and festivals make this a truly unique state park with a changing landscape at every turn. View the trail guide here.
A scenic country road worthy of a wander at Chippokes Plantation State Park
Spring time is your invitation to get outside, and Virginia State Parks offers some of the most diverse landscapes to hike or walk and take it all in, from the Cumberland Gap to the Atlantic seashore.
I have shared only 5 of the36 Virginia State Parks to help encourage you to get outside. Which Virginia State Parks are your Spring time favorites?