Celebrate our Trails and Waterways at a Virginia State Park on June 1, 2013
Hiking Bushy Point Trail along the Potomac River, Leesylvania State Park
With more than 500 miles of trails and miles of river, lake and bay shoreline, the Commonwealth’s 35 Virginia State Parks are perfect destinations for everything from a strenuous hike, casual walk, peaceful paddle, refreshing swim or a day’s fishing. Our staff and a large contingent of volunteers work hard to keep those trails and the shoreline clear of debris.
Laurel Point Trail, Westmoreland State Park
On the first Saturday in June each year two well known organizations sponsor events that help the public appreciate these resources and put out a call for volunteers to come out and lend a hand. This year June 1, 2013 marks Clean the Bay Day.Virginia State Parks will participate in these celebrations by offering special activities and programs.
The American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is held to encourage the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to learn about trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics and trail work projects.
An enthusiastic Geoff Hall leads the first guided hike on the new Clyburn Hollow Trail
at Hungry Mother State Park for the 2012 National Trails Day
Clean the Bay Day is a statewide stewardship event sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and celebrating its 25thanniversary working for clean and healthy waterways. Since 1989,Clean the Bay Dayhas engaged over 122,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 5.8 million pounds of debris from nearly 5,500 miles of shoreline in Virginia alone.
Volunteers turn their "collections" in at First Landing's 2012 Clean the Bay Day
Every Virginia State Park will have special activities on June 1 including Powhatan State Park, the newest state park scheduled to open this summer. Powhatan will be holding their first volunteer work day.* Each of the 20 Virginia State Parks that are in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be hosting Clean the Bay Day events for the 25thanniversary of this statewide stewardship event. Since 1989,Clean the Bay Dayhas engaged over 122,000 volunteers, who have removed approximately 5.8 million pounds of debris from nearly 5,500 miles of shoreline in Virginia alone.
For a complete list of activities, including opportunities to volunteer, self-guided hikes and ranger-led programs, click here.
Fossil Hike at York River State Park
The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-7275 or visitour website.
*If you are interested in participating in the Volunteer Day at Powhatan State Park, please contact Gaston Rouse.
Canoe and Kayak Launch at Powhatan State Park