Karen and Barry continue exploring the great things to do in Virginia. This time they hit the state park system!
First stop is Machicomoco State Park. One of Virginia’s many state parks, Machicomoco was designed to be focused on the tribes of Virginia and their history, and as such, the tribes were engaged during the design process.
One of the things that makes this park special, is that Machicomoco is especially focused on interpretive programs. As you venture through the park, you will be able to learn some Algonquian words as they are inscribed, along with the English translations, on various elements along the trail.
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Do you enjoy camping? At Machicomoco, you have your choice of modern or primitive campsites, or you can even enjoy a stay in one of their yurts.
Of course, this is a great place to enjoy the outdoors! Paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing are just some of the many activities that you can enjoy at the park along with beautiful hiking trails. If fishing is you thing, you can enjoy that too.
Next they visit False Cape State Park. Located just above the Outer Banks, on the southeastern coastline of Virginia, this park is practically surrounded by water. Accessible only via a 4 mile bicycle ride or hike, this park really embraces the “Leave No Trace” rule. So pack plenty of sunscreen, bug repellant, snacks and water with you when you go, and make sure to take all bottles, wrappers etc with you when you leave.
While hiking at False Cape, make sure to stay on the path as there are various venomous snakes that inhabit the area.
If you are a history buff you can visit what remains of the Wash Wood’s Method Church, including a cemetery that dates back to the 1800’s.
There truly is something for everyone at False Cape State Park.
Their visit continues at Belle Isle State Park. Biking, picnicking, and kayaking are just some of the activities you can enjoy at this gorgeous park. While you’re out and about, you may get the chance to see some of the various wildlife that inhabits the area such as deer, groundhogs, foxes and waterfowl.
If camping is your thing, this is the park for you. Are you an RV camper, or do you prefer a tent? Their fantastic campground has it all.
And if you really want to get away from it all, you can get rugged and enjoy one of their campsites that is only accessible by canoe or hiking. How’s that for “losing yourself in nature?”
So whether you’re an avid hiker, enjoy a relaxing day of fishing or just want to get away from it all, make sure to visit one of Virginia’s many beautiful State Parks.
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