Virginia State Parks invites visitors to embrace the outdoors during the Thanksgiving weekend. The #OptOutside campaign, running from Friday through Sunday across all park locations, encourages people to step away from traditional indoor activities and immerse themselves in nature.
The initiative, as detailed in a recent press release, is part of a broader effort to promote outdoor recreation and wellness. Virginia State Parks offers a diverse range of activities suitable for all ages, aiming to create lasting Thanksgiving memories.
Visitors can engage in various self-guided and ranger-led activities. These include Nature Journaling at Twin Lakes, offering a serene environment for reflection and creativity. At Mason Neck, guests can embark on self-guided trail tours, exploring the park’s natural beauty at their own pace.
For families, the Jr. Ranger activities at Seven Bends, Kiptopeke, and Smith Mountain Lake provide educational and fun experiences for children. These activities are designed to foster a love for the outdoors and environmental stewardship among the younger generation.
Archery enthusiasts can enjoy sessions with Park Rangers at Pocahontas, adding an adventurous twist to the weekend. Meanwhile, the Owl Prowl at Machicomoco offers a unique nocturnal experience, allowing visitors to explore the park’s wildlife after dark.
A highlight of the weekend is the Fairy Stone hunt and workshop at Fairy Stone State Park. This activity combines outdoor exploration with a creative workshop, appealing to a wide range of interests.
In addition to these activities, Virginia State Parks are enhancing the outdoor experience with a special Black Friday offer. A 20% discount on gift certificates, available at vasp.fun/giftcard, will be offered for 24 hours on November 24. These certificates can be used for various park services, including camping, cabin rentals, and more.
The #OptOutside campaign reflects the ongoing commitment of Virginia State Parks to promote outdoor recreation. The parks feature thousands of campsites, hundreds of cabins, and over 700 miles of trails. They provide access to Virginia’s major waterways, offering endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
From beaches to picnic shelters, lodges to meeting facilities, the parks host a variety of events and activities. Festivals, concerts, nature programs, and cultural happenings are regularly scheduled, catering to a diverse audience.
The #OptOutside campaign during Thanksgiving weekend is a call to reconnect with family, nature, and the community. It underscores the importance of outdoor spaces in our lives and their role in promoting health, wellness, and environmental awareness.
Featured image from Virginia State Parks.