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BENTONVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — It is mid-October and Virginia’s forests are erupting with color. This is the perfect time of year to plan a camping trip to take it all in.
One of the most popular places to view Virginia’s rainbow of fall foliage is Shenandoah River State Park in Warren County. The park sits in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River Valley and is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains.
“It’s got a little something for everybody,” said Ranger Dustin Haymaker. “If you want to throw a picnic by the water, or if you want to spend hours on the trails, we have something for everybody.”
In addition to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, the park offers some of the best smallmouth bass and channel catfish angling in the commonwealth. Plus, there is the opportunity for paddle sports.
“Along the river we have 12 access points, so there’s multiple spots you can go out there, wade into the water, and you know find other spots to fish or just enjoy it,” said Haymaker.
There are also a variety of camping and cabin options. Shenandoah River State Park stays open all year, even in the winter.
“Our camping stays open year round,” Haymaker added. “Whether its in an RV, or you can stay in the cabins, or even if you want to tent camp and really get that kind of cold weather experience through the winter, as well.”