Virginia State Parks Commissioner Ben H. Bolen says a record attendance is expected at parks this season because of the prolonged severity of the past winter. Many state parks have new and improved facilities, Bolen said. Activities include horse-back riding, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, boating and nature observation. Among the new facilities are the Visitor Center at Grayson Highlands and Holliday Lake state parks, the renovation of the beach area at Westmoreland State Park and the bathhouse at Douthat State Park.

Camping and cabin facilities are available for overnight lodging. Eight state parks have rustic cabins for rent until Oct. 2, and campings is possible at 14 state parks. More than 1,400 campsites are available for rent from one to 14 days at $3.64 (including tax) a night, Bolen said. Reservations for cabins and campsites can be made at any state park or Ticketron outlet operated for the Division of Parks by phoning (toll free in Virginia) 1-800-582-8012, (out of state) 1-804-499-0853 or by writing the Virginia State Park Reservation System, Box 62284, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462.

Additional information on park facilities and activities is available by contacting the Division of State Parks, 1201 State Office Building, Capitol Square, Richmond, Va. 23219, or calling 804-786-2132.