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State parks to reopen campgrounds March 4

Virginia State Parks, including Machicomoco State Park in Hayes, will reopen campgrounds for the season on Monday, March 4. Campsites, which have been closed since Dec. 4, are now available for booking online through

Visitors may make reservations up to 11 months in advance to secure their desired camping dates and accommodations.

Managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia State Parks offers more than 1,800 campsites, with options ranging from primitive camping to RV sites with electric and water hookups.Full-service campgrounds with bathhouses are open from the first Friday in March through the first Monday in December, with the exception of Douthat, Hungry Mother, Pocahontas and Shenandoah River state parks, which have full-service campgrounds open year-round.

Campers are reminded that the 4 p.m. Burning Law is in effect through April 30. This law bans open fires, including charcoal and wood fires, between midnight and 4 ...

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