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Virginia State Park campgrounds open Friday

Virginia State Park campgrounds open Friday for the 2023 season, including Machicomoco State Park in Hayes.

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. Due to a campground renovation project, camping at Claytor Lake State Park will not open until April 1.

Machicomoco State Park, which is located on Timberneck Farm Road, has three yurts available to rent in the main campground area. Recreational yurts are a cross between a tent and a cabin. Each yurt has a large wooden deck. A picnic table and a fire-ring with a cooking grate are located adjacent to the yurt deck. Parking for two vehicles is allowed. Those with additional vehicles must pay a daily parking fee and park in a designated overflow lot. There is a two-night minimum rental during camping season.

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