Virginia State Parks to celebrate 80th anniversary

Published 11:27 am Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A new contest celebrating the 80th anniversary of Virginia State Parks is offering the opportunity to win a $500 gift certificate for an overnight stay at a Virginia State Park. Other prizes include a waterproof smart phone case and a carabineer pocketknife.

The new “80 Things to Do in Virginia State Parks” serves up a bucket list of experiences that celebrate the diverse and significant offerings of Virginia State Parks. The 80th anniversary collectors’ issue of the Virginia State Parks color booklet includes an outer cover with the “80 Things to Do” ready to check off. Pick up the booklet at any park or find the list at

Guests earn prizes by logging experiences on the contest webpage: Multiple family members may participate and use the same email address as long as the names are unique. Prizes begin with a special 80th anniversary acorn stress ball after 10 visits.

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At 20 activities the prize is a waterproof smart phone case. A carabineer pocketknife is the prize at 30, and visitors checking off 40 experiences receive 10,000 loyalty program points. Visitors who achieve 40 or more items on the list during 2016 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Virginia State Park overnight stay gift certificate.

Visitors may also participate in the Virginia State Parks Trail Quest program to earn unique hiking pins for visiting parks. Find out more about Trail Quest at