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Virginia State Parks’ Opt Outside event encourages outdoor activities Nov. 24-26

Rebecca Barnabi
A fall hike at Leesylvania State Park. Courtesy of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The annual Opt Outside event hosted by Virginia State Parks encourages Virginians to take a break from indoor activities and opt to spend time outdoors.

This holiday season’s campaign will run from Friday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023 at all Virginia State Park locations.

Park guests of all ages can indulge in self-guided and ranger-led activities to create wonderful and lasting Thanksgiving memories. Guests are encouraged to hike, bike or star watch and experience the beauty of nature while enjoying a wonderful experience at one of Virginia’s 42 state parks.

Consider the following activities:

  • Nature Journaling at Twin Lakes
  • Self-guided trail tours at Mason Neck
  • Jr. Ranger activities at Seven Bends, Kiptopeke and Smith Mountain Lake
  • Archery with Park Rangers at Pocahontas
  • Owl Prowl at Machicomoco
  • Fairy Stone hunt and workshop at Fairy Stone

A complete list of Virginia State Parks Opt Out activities is available online, as well as programs and events section of the state parks website.

A gift certificate sale will be held the day after Thanksgiving. Gift certificates will be 20 percent off and only available to purchase online between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24. Gift certificates can be used on camping, cabins, picnic shelters, meeting space and purchases in the park.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.