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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 email@example.com
Visit a West Virginia State Park on National Get Outdoors Day, June 9
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – National Get Outdoors Day is celebrated June 9, 2012. Residents, visitors and guests are reminded that, unlike a majority of other states, there are no entry or admission fees to West Virginia’s state-operated parks facilities.
“West Virginia maintains a ‘get outdoors every chance you get’ mindset,” said Sissie Summers with the state parks system programming services. “We encourage families, friends and groups to enjoy the outdoors and to stay active year-round.”
The mission of the West Virginia state park system is …”to promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological, or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.” Offering recreational and educational activities at parks is part of the public service parks provides.
During summer months, many of West Virginia’s parks with lodges, cabins and campgrounds offer nature-based activities and outdoor recreation. In addition, overnight accommodations and fee-based activities such as golf are available.
“Hikes led by naturalists, bird watching, crafts, outdoor games and special entertainment are generally without fee,” Summers said. “Activity and nature programs vary weekly and are posted at the areas.”
State parks and forests with summer programming services in 2012 include: Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cacapon Resort, Canaan Valley, Cass Scenic Railroad, Cedar Creek, Greenbrier State Forest, Hawks Nest, Holly River, Kanawha State Forest, Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Twin Fall Resort, Tygart Lake and Watoga.
For a complete list of state parks and forests in West Virginia, events, facilities, and activities, visit www.wvstateparks.com.