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Exploring Virginia State Parks

Virginia’s state park system continues to respond to the needs of the public with the assistance of the engineering and design community, including Glenn Telfer, P.E. who has worked in at least 20 state parks over the years. Telfer’s work with Virginia State Parks started in 1996 at First Landing State Park designing the replacement of the sanitary pump station system that served more than 200 campsites. ...

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Foster Falls

With its rural setting, river access, and historic associations, Foster Falls State Park is a hidden jewel in the New River Trail State Park system. It offers camping, river tubing, fishing, horseback riding, educational opportunities, and miles of hiking and biking trails. New River Trail State Park stretches 57 miles along the New River from Galax, Virginia to the Town of Pulaski. The park, which opened for public use in 1987, was constructed on an abandoned railroad right-of-way donated by the Norfolk Southern Corporation to the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the intervening years, the Commonwealth has acquired additional parcels for inclusion into the Park. An old farm and part of the Village of Foster Falls was one of the later acquisitions. Now one of the park’s regional headquarters, Foster Falls is one of the major draws of the park. Located at the entrance is the Foster Falls Hotel, a two-and-a-half brick building built...

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