While traveling I’ve always enjoyed exploring the natural wonders to be seen in the area. One of the best ways to do this is through state parks. They are well maintained, with basic amenities and offer the best landscapes each state has to offer. Unfortunately whether for updates or as a result of natural disasters, many parks have to close to clean up and update the park. Here are a few reopened parks available for adventure.
Westmoreland State Park
This Virginia Park along the Potomac River was devastated by a hurricane and tropical storm during the summer of 2011. The park received more than 20 inches of rainfall during severe winds. As a result, more than 1,000 trees fell. This 1,300 acre park reopened in mid-November 2011. Most of the park has been refurbished or restored. It is definitely a great place to stop to enjoy hiking, fishing, boating and swimming. And nothing beats the panoramic views this park offers of the Potomac River.
Bastrop State Park
This state park was damaged during the Central Texas fires near Austin, Texas. Although the park sustained 19 percent of the more than 34,000 acres that were burned in these fires, visitors who enter the recently reopened park may be surprised of how much green there still is. The park reopened in early December and is showing signs of rebirth daily. Now is a great time to see first-hand the rebirth and resilience of the “Lost Pines of Texas.”
What are some of your favorite state parks to visit?