Goal set to reopen campgrounds May 22

Published 1:43 pm Friday, May 15, 2020

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Virginia State Parks are working toward a goal to reopen campgrounds for Memorial Day weekend.

The announcement to allow for the opening of campgrounds came Friday during Gov. Ralph Northam’s press conference as part of the state’s Phase 1 reopening strategy.

Northam announced that while state parks continue to be open for day use, overnight facilities will open following a phased approach beginning with park campgrounds.

Guests should check the individual park’s website before their visit for the latest updates.

Guests who had a camping reservation canceled with a check-in before May 21 and with a check-out after May 22 will have the portion of their stay after May 21 automatically rescheduled. Those who would like to stay during the available portion of their reservation must update their check-in and payment option.

Guests who have camping reservations beginning May 22 and later do not need to take any action. Those reservations are still scheduled.

The fastest way to update reservation information is to visit www. reserveamerica.com and follow the prompts on the website. Guests may also call the reservation center at (800) 933- 7275. Be aware customer service representatives are working at capacity and wait times may be longer than usual.

No new reservations will be accepted through May 13. At this time all other overnight facilities will remain closed including cabins, lodges and group campgrounds.

All other reservations between up to May 22 have been canceled. Refunds have been automatically distributed through the customer service center.

Restrooms and campground bathhouses will open beginning May 21. Other park facilities, including camp stores, museums, picnic shelters and visitor centers, will remain closed.

For the most up-to-date information regarding available recreational opportunities at Virginia State Parks, visit www. dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/covid-19-update.