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Ohio State Parks LogoApril is “Go Camping Month” at Ohio State Parks, and the state park campgrounds are offering a special 25 percent discount.

The 25 percent discount applies to regular camping fees in any of Ohio State Parks’ 55 family campgrounds and 16 horseman’s camps. The discount also applies to getaway rentals, including Rent-a-Camp, Rent-a-RV, yurt, tepee, camper cabin and cedar cabin units offered at 38 state parks.

The camping and getaway rental discount, available now through April 30, is offered on overnight stays, and cannot be combined with other discounts.

Campsites and getaway rentals can be reserved up to six months in advance by calling 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727), or online at www.ohiostateparks.org. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Each campground offers a limited number of walk-in only sites, and campers may choose any unoccupied campsite that has not been reserved during their stay.

April campers and getaway rental guests can also earn points on their Ohio State Parks rewards card, which can be redeemed later for free overnight stays when enough points are accumulated. The rewards card is available free of charge by calling the state parks’ reservation number, 866-OHIOPARKS (866-644-6727), by signing up on www.ohiostateparks.org, or in person at Ohio State Park business offices during normal business hours.

Douthat State Park, which opened June 15, 1936, as one of Virginia’s original six state parks, is now home to the newest state park campgrounds, opening April 1. Douthat is in the mountainous Bath and Alleghany counties along the western border of the state.

Douthat State Park

A hike at Douthat yields dividends, naturally.

Two construction and renovation projects, totaling $2.43 million, converted the Beaver Dam Campground into an equestrian camping area and built the new 23-site Whispering Pines Campground. Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Whispering Pines Campground offers 23 sites, including a universally accessible handicap campsite, dump stations, water and electric hookups, RV sites up to 50 feet and a bathhouse with showers.

The Beaver Dam Equestrian Campground features 14 campsites and 14 horse stalls, as well as a bathhouse. Renovations to the campground allow for larger travel trailers.

“Equestrian camping is extremely important to a growing number of our visitors,” said DCR State Parks Director Joe Elton. “With the development of bridle trails through the national forest, the proximity to the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington and private riding trails at the Homestead in Bath County, equestrian camping facilities are in great demand. We’re delighted to provide this new campground to this important group of visitors.”

The 52 acres of land at Whispering Pines was acquired in 2007 for $546,370. Funding for the acquisition and construction came from the $119 million Virginia Parks and Natural Areas General Obligation Bond, approved in 2002 by 69 percent of voters.

Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, Douthat State Park is on the National Register of Historic Places and was named one of the nation’s 10 best by the Outside Family Vacation Guide. The park features outstanding scenery as well as a 50-acre lake offering swimming, boating and seasonal trout fishing.

Iowa DNR announced Tuesday, February 28, that they have openings for campground hosts in 20 Iowa State parks this summer. Camp hosts receive free camping at a designated campsite in return for assisting campers by explaining park rules, helping with registration, and serving as an impromptu local tour guide. Hosts will also help park staff with cleaning and light maintenance.

Iowa Campground Hosts

Iowa Campground Hosts

“We would like to get hosts placed in parks around the middle of March so they are ready to go in April,” said Linda King, with the DNR’s office of volunteer services.

Hosts are currently needed for the season at:

  • Pine Lake (124 sites)
  • Pilot Knob (60 sites)
  • Walnut Woods (22 sites)
  • Lake Keomah (65 sites)
  • Lake Manawa (72 sites)
  • Lewis and Clark (112 sites)
  • Bellevue (46 sites)
  • Backbone (125 sites)
  • Beeds Lake (144 sites)
  • Clear Lake (180 sites)
  • Ledges (95 sites)
  • Nine Eagles (68 sites)
  • Pikes Peak (77 sites)
  • Viking Lake (120 sites)
  • Yellow River State Forest (4 campgrounds)
  • Elk Rock (2 campgrounds).

If an entire season is too much, three state parks have host needs of shorter durations:

  • Lacey-Keosauqua April through June;
  • Prairie Rose from the end of June through October;
  • Volga River for July and August.

Applications are available online at http://volunteer.iowadnr.gov .  Alternatively you can call: 1-515-242-5074 to have an application mailed.

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