DCR re-opening most state parks

Published 10:37 pm Monday, May 18, 2020

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On Thursday, the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation announced on www.dcr.virginia.gov that Virginia State Parks plans a gradual reopening of some facilities as the commonwealth slowly eases public health restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Statewide and park-specific operational plans have been developed to comply with group size limitations and social distancing requirements. Protocols are in place to look after the safety of all guests and staff.

Anyone planning to visit a park for the remainder of spring and through summer should anticipate changes to normal park operations. With the exception of Westmoreland State Park, all other state parks in the commonwealth are expected to be open for day-use activities. Campgrounds are are set to reopen on Thursday, May 21. Go to the reservation update page for more details.

The following is a list of state park amenities and status as of Thursday. This page will be updated as changes are made. Please check back often.


  • Trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use
  • Boat ramps
  • Picnic tables and grills (open for groups fewer than 10)

Opening for Memorial Day weekend

  • Restrooms
  • Campgrounds (except at Twin Lakes State Park, where the septic system is being repaired)
  • Camping cabins and yurts
  • Boat and bike rentals (will vary by park)
  • Chairlift at Natural Tunnel State Park (limited schedule)

Closed until further notice

  • Picnic shelters
  • Playgrounds
  • Cabins and Lodges
  • Swimming beaches
  • Visitor centers
  • Meeting facilities

Guidelines for day-use visits

  • Stay close to home and keep visits short.
  • Guests should bring their own soap and hand sanitizer to use during day-use visits.
  • Groups and gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited and these restrictions will be enforced by park staff.
  • Guests should keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others at all times. While on trails, alert others of your presence and step aside to let others pass at a safe distance.
  • Parking fees remain in place. If entrance 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 scheduled through June 10 are canceled.

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.

If you have concerns or questions about future reservations, please call our Customer Service Center at 800-933-7275, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wait times may be long due to high callvolume.