RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia State Parks set an attendance record in 2012 with nearly 8.4 million visitors.
The old record was about 8 million set in 2010.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation said Thursday that attendance was up 7 percent over 2011.
About 1.1 million visitors stayed overnight at state parks. That's another record and a 4 percent increase over 2011.
First Landing State Park recorded more than 1.5 million visitors to remain Virginia's most visited park.
High Bridge Trail State Park's attendance more than doubled, from 86,110 to 188,467.
The park system's economic impact rose 6 percent to $198 million.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.
As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.
If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
powered by Disqus