State and County Parks in Virginia

first state parks
established in 1936
geographic distribution of the first 6 state parks established in 1936
Map Source: Color Landform Atlas of the United States

In addition to Federal parks and private land owned by non-government organizations such as The Nature Conservancy, Virginia has a state park system. Many towns/cities/counties own and manage parks, along with regional organizations such as the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Carvins Cove Natural Reserve has been called the "second-largest municipal park in the nation."1 In that 12,672-acre watershed, the City of Roanoke owns the land above the 1,200-foot contour line, while the Western Virginia Water Authority controls the land below that contour line (including the reservoir).

Another large municipal park in Virginia is Newport News Park, at 8,000 acres.

Breaks Interstate Park

First Landing State Park



1. State of Virginia, "Governor Kaine Announces 64,840 Acres Protected Through Virginia Outdoors Foundation Easements," news release, January 19, 2009, (last checked January 19, 2009)

Parks, Forests, Tourism in Virginia
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