Public lands are often referred to as treasures or hidden gems, places tucked neatly away that not everyone knows about. Public lands hold a special place in many people’s lives. They are attached to these places by their memories and by the experiences that they have had there. Public lands offer a unique view of nature, tidbits of local history, or that special piece of knowledge about how our environment works. The appreciation that people have gained for our public lands will be celebrated across the country on September 24th as part of National Public Lands Day.
Foliage is just beginning to show fall color at Staunton River State Park in Southern Virginia
As part of the nationwide celebration, Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Societywill be on hand to lead the stargazing. We invite you and your family to come on out and enjoy the night sky and the stars from a different point of view. This is your chance to ask those questions about star locations, find out about visible planets, and locate the Big Dipper! Come early, bring a picnic supper and enjoy the winding down of the days.
September is a great month to truly enjoy all of the beauty of the park since it’s a little cooler but not cold yet.
Sunset over Buggs Island Lake (also known as John H. Kerr Reservoir)
For more information contact the park at 434-572-4623 orclick here. Remember to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating and bug spray. The days might be winding down, but the bugs are still out and biting!
LOCATION:Staunton River State Parkis 18 miles east of South Boston. Take U.S. 360 to Route 344. Follow Route 344 for 10 miles to the park, located southeast of Scottsburg, Va.
Northern Virginia, three and a half hours; Richmond, two hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, three hours; Roanoke, two hours.
Click here for a Google map. Latitude, 36.696066. Longitude, -78.685254.
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: Cabins and camping. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can Click here for park fees.