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First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park, formerly Seashore State Park, is located in Virginia Beach and is one of the most popular parks in the state.

With 20 miles of hiking trails and cabins and camping spots for overnight visitors, the park boasts much of what you might expect, but it also has something that many state parks do not have: more than a mile of beachfront property. (more…)

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Manassas Battlefield

Manassas Battlefield Park

The Manassas National Battlefield Park in northern Virginia marks the location of the first man-to-man battle of the Civil War.

In July 1861, North and South fought on the fields at Manassas near Bull Run. The fighting was heavy enough to dispel the popular idea that it would be a quick war. (more…)

Deep Run Park

Deep Run Park in Henrico

When cars form a long line to pull into a county park on a cool day in February, it says something about the park’s popularity and amenities.

Deep Run Park is one of the bigger and more well-developed county parks in Virginia. It shows that cities and counties can produce some of the same attractiveness that state and national parks provide. (more…)

Crabtree Falls top cascade. © 2021 Scott S. Bateman

Crabtree Falls Hike in Nelson County

Crabtree Falls in Nelson County is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia — certainly one of the top three along with Cascade Falls in Pembroke and White Oak Canyon Falls in Syria.

The rank for beauty may be debatable, but Crabtree is ranked No. 1 east of the Mississippi River for tallest vertical-drop, cascading waterfall in the United States. (more…)

Casecade Falls

Cascade Falls Hike in Giles County: What to See

Cascade Falls in Giles County is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Virginia.

About 150,000 people visit the falls each year, according to the Giles County government. It is easy to see why. (more…)

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island is designed to pay tribute to the former president’s love of nature and the outdoors.

In the 1930s, Theodore Roosevelt Island, formerly known as Mason’s Island, was neglected and overgrown. The Olmstead Brothers Firm transformed the land into a memorial to President Theodore Roosevelt. (more…)

Maggie L. Walker National Historical Site

The Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site honors a woman who dedicated her life to advancing the civil rights of women and African Americans. (more…)

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