Natural Tunnel in Virginia will be adorned with Christmas Lights & decorations!

Natural Tunnel will be decorated with Christmas lights beginning  November 26, 2021. The lighting will take place at 6-10pm every Friday and Saturday until December 19, 2021. In addition to the thousands of lights, there will also be a fire for keeping warm, performances by local musicians, letter writing to Santa, hot chocolate, Christmas carols, and stories at the Carter Cabin. Parking will cost $5 per vehicle and chairlift tickets will cost $5 per person for a round trip and $4 for a one-way trip. Please note that Face masks will be required on public transportation. For more information, visit the [...]

Everyone is invited! Autumn kayaking at York River State Park

York River State Park is inviting visitors who love autumn season to kayak or canoe through the emerging fall foliage on October 16, 2021. There will be a guide present from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. This 2-hour event is open to all skill levels and for those aged 7 years and older. Paddlers will explore all of Taskinas Creek — a rare and diverse habitat with freshwater and saltwater marine and plant life — and possibly venture out into the York River depending on weather and water conditions. Distance will total about 1½ or 2 miles. Participants [...]

Appalachian Heritage Festival today at Hungry Mother State Park

Today is the Appalachian Heritage Festival at Hungry Mother State Park. It will feature history, craft, and culture. There will also be booths that will teach toy making, leatherwork, and basket weaving. Storytellers and educations will scatter throughout the park teaching about Applachian wildlife, history, and tales of horrors. Visit the event website for more details. Source Photo Credit

High bacterial Level in First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach officials issued a swimming advisory for First Landing State Park on Wednesday until further notice due to the high level of bacteria found on the beach waters. Recreational waters are tested weekly for bacteria using organism indicators such as Enterococci organism. This group of organisms is used to determine the range of fecal contamination, studies indicate that their presence is closely related to the presence of harmful disease-causing organisms. Direct contact on these types of waters with high bacteria levels is harmful and has a high risk to develop several diseases. It is impossible to pinpoint precisely what [...]

Black bear attack causes Blue Ridge Parkway to close its trails

While having a fun picnic, a couple was attacked by a black bear at the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia, North Carolina. Fortunately, they survived the attack and were treated for injuries at Mission Hospital last Sept 29, 2021. A parkway spokesperson announced the forced closure of the trails of this popular spot in North Carolina. The black bear is most likely to be euthanized due to the incident. The attack might be due to the couple's dog barking, which may have irritated the bear, who turned defensive but suddenly charged and attacked the couple and their dog. The status [...]

Still No Swimming for Lake Anna Areas due to cyanobacteria in the water

Though the no-swimming advisory was lifted already for Widewater State Park with Aquila Creek deemed clear, the advisory still stands for Lake Anna because of cyanobacteria and harmful algae bloom in the area. On September 9, representatives of the Virginia Department of Health collected samples from Lake Anna and the findings show that there are still harmful algae bloom though at a lower level compared to previous tests. Cyanobacteria cause skin rashes and stomach flu. The no-swim advisory is expected to be lifted as soon as traces of cyanobacteria are considerably lowered.   Source Image Credit

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