Many of the state parks in Virginia offer camping, boating, and swimming facilities, as well as hiking and riding trails. Breaks Interstate Park, on the Kentucky-Virginia border and operated jointly by these two states, is known for its spectacular 460-m (1,500-ft) gorge, Breaks of the Cumberland. It is the longest and deepest gorge east of the Mississippi River.
The largest state park is Clinch Mountain in Russell County. Many of Virginia’s state parks include lakes such as Swift Creek Lake in Pocahontas State Park, which offers recreational facilities for nearby Richmond. The Staunton River Park on the reservoir formed by John H. Kerr Dam, and Claytor Lake State Park, in western Virginia, are other large state parks. First Landing State Park (formerly Seashore State Park) in Virginia Beach is located near the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, near the spot where Captain John Smith landed in 1607. The largest of Virginia’s state forests is Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest, named for the counties where it is located.
The two national forests in Virginia have facilities for outdoor recreational activities. George Washington National Forest, along both sides of the Shenandoah Valley, and Jefferson National Forest, in the southwestern part of the state, combined cover 670,000 hectares (1,648,000 acres). Both forests include recreation areas and sections of the Appalachian Trail. "Virginia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.
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