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Two area parks ranked among nation’s best

Claytor Lake State Park was ranked by Active.com as the top park in the United States for picnic areas, according to a recent ranking of state parks released by the Web site.
Active.com, a site devoted to informing people about outdoor activities and events, recently ranked both Claytor Lake State Park and New River Trail State Park on several lists, which included up to 100 parks nationwide.
Claytor Lake also was ranked as the number four fishing spot and the number 13 in the category for family campgrounds. New River Trial State Park was ranked twelfth in the horse-friendly park category, fifteen in biking trials, sixteenth in tours and events (such as festivals and reenactments), and at number 25 for best canoeing spots. It came in at 30 for hiking trials, 38 for fishing spots, and 93 for best family campgrounds.
Other parks in Virginia that received accolades were:
•Douthat State Park in Millboro – second in biking trials, fifth in hiking trials, fifth in fishing spots, fourteenth in family campgrounds;
•Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston – thirty-ninth in family campgrounds;
•James River State Park in Gladstone – seventh in canoeing spots, fortieth in family campgrounds, nineteenth in fishing spots;
•Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart – eighth in canoeing spots, forty-third in family campgrounds;
•Wilderness Road State Park in Ewing – twentieth in tours and events;
•Caledon Natural Area in King George – forty-third in hiking trials;
•Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland – thirty-first in fishing spots; and

•Holiday Lake State Park in Appomattox – twenty-fourth in canoeing spots.

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