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Kayak fishermen at the Dixon Landing take out at James River State Park, Virginia

Kayak fisherman at Dixon Landing takeout, James River State Park Va

SUP at Claytor Lake State Park, Va we don't require a lifejacket if you BYO SUP (but we still recommend it).

SUP at Claytor Lake State Park, Va we don't require a lifejacket if you BYO SUP (but we still recommend it).

Can't wait to paddle again at York River State Park in Virginia

Virginia State Parks - Enjoy the water even when you can't rent a canoe or kayak at York River State Park.

Stand-up Paddle Boarding is a great beginner water sport - start out on your knees then stand up (Caledon State Park)

Stand-up Paddle Boarding is a great beginner water sport - start out on your knees then stand up (Caledon State Park)

Staff at Virginia State Parks are certified and trained to become SUP instructors to teach seasonal staff and to safely conduct programming

Staff at Virginia State Parks are certified and trained to become SUP instructors to teach seasonal staff and to safely conduct programming

Duck Hall Point Picnic area, Washington Birthplace National Park, Popes Creek

Virginia State Parks - Kayakers try the new paddle-in campsite at Westmoreland State Park.

The Snowdrop flower got its name for being one of the earliest blooms to appear after winter. I like to try early spring kayak trips up stream on Swift Creek Lake at Pocahontas State Park in hopes of finding some nesting pairs of wood ducks. Typically this time of year the plants are not in their full glory, but finding these subtle yet gorgeous flowers standing out by themselves was a true gift.

Virginia State Parks - One nature photographer and wildlife enthusiast shares a few of his unexpected finds at Pocahontas State Park while looking for something else.

The Northern Tunnel entrance, accessible via the Stock Creek Trail at Natural…

The Northern Tunnel entrance, accessible via the Stock Creek Trail at Natural…

Family fishing together on the pier at Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia

Virginia State Parks - Third installment in Kiptopeke State Park Park of the Month series. Family Fishing and Crabbing Fun.

Rangers are on the beach to help teach  visitors how to use crab lines. First Landing State Park, Virginia offers crabbing programs all summer long

Rangers are on the beach to help teach visitors how to use crab lines. First Landing State Park, Virginia offers crabbing programs all summer long

Shellie's Great Virginia State Parks Bucket List This blogger shares a personalized list of incredible things to experience within the Virginia State Park system and invites you to live like a tourist!  http://www.virginiaoutdoors.com/article/more/5467

Shellie's Great Virginia State Parks Bucket List This blogger shares a personalized list of incredible things to experience within the Virginia State Park system and invites you to live like a tourist! http://www.virginiaoutdoors.com/article/more/5467

Capturing the waves as they hit the shore at Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia

Capturing the waves as they hit the shore at Kiptopeke State Park, Virginia