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Virginia State Parks open

SURRY

The Chippokes Plantation State Park, along with all other state parks, has reopened.

According to information posted on www.dcr.virginia.gov, the park grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily.

Though the park office is not open, all restrooms are available.

Beginning on July 4, the Visitor Center and Gift Shop will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Both the pool and guided paddling are closed for the 2020 season.

The Farm and Forestry Museum and Stewart-Jones Mansion remain closed. However, there will be a guided tour of the mansion grounds on Saturday, July 18. The house was built for Albert Carroll Jones in 1855. The Stewart family from Ohio would become the next and final owners before bequeathing it to the state park system. Face masks and social distancing will be required.

On Sunday, July 19, a ranger will lead a walk on the Quarter Lane Historical Hike.

Face coverings must also be worn, and there’s a limit of 10 individuals or five family groups of up to four people. Social distancing will be done during the hike.

Reservations are needed for each activity, so call 757-294-3439 to register for the 10 a.m., 1 or 4 p.m. slots. There’s no extra fee for either of these programs. Children are welcome to participate in both.

You can also email chippokes@dcr.virginia.gov for more information.

The park is at 695 Chippokes Park Road, Surry.