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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Make Your Own Adventure: Visit a State Park Today

Tomorrow morning my family heads to a lodge in the mountains with four other great families. This is an annual trip for us and we love it! The state parks in Virginia are absolutely wonderful--and there are 35 of them to explore! You've read about how much I love First Landing State Park in the summer, well Douthat is the place to be in the fall. Not a camper? No worries. Did you know that many of the state parks offer cabins at reasonable rates throughout the year? And a number of them offer lodges that can accommodate more than one family.

Want to find out more? Visit Virginia State Parks and plan a fun adventure with your family.

Here's more about Douthat from the Virginia State Parks website:

The Outside Family Vacation Guide named Virginia’s Douthat State Park one of the nation's 10 best. The park, which straddles Bath and Alleghany counties, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Douthat is one of the original six Virginia State Parks that opened June 15, 1936. It's nestled in the Allegheny Mountains and features some of Virginia’s most outstanding scenery. In addition, a 50-acre lake offers swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing.

When you're visiting Douthat State park it truly feels like you've stepped back in time and are living inside the original Parent Trap movie. It's hard for me to not walk the trails, holding hands with my sweet kiddos, and not sing that catchy ditty that Hailey Mills sings as they march off to camp. Do you know the one I'm thinking of? Love that show. Love ALL those classic Hayley Mills movies now that I think about it.

Anyway, while we're down that way we always spend a day at Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge. We LOVE this park and look forward to many laughs and photo ops here each and every year. I highly recommend you visit this park if you get a chance. It's a wonderful opportunity to get up close with a variety of animals.

I hope you all have a fabulous fall weekend and enjoy this wonderful weather we are having. See you Monday! I'll be thinking of you, and all the great  deals you'll be finiding, as I'm channelling my inner Hayley Mills.

Don't live in Virgina? That's OK! Go HERE to find a state park near you and let the adventure begin.

This post was originally posted on Hip Family Tips. Where we think it's HIP to spend time with your family.

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