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Amendments to the Virginia State Park Regulations
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4VAC5-30-10

4VAC5-30-10. Definition of terms Definitions.

Whenever used in this chapter, the following respective words and terms, unless otherwise therein expressly defined, shall mean and include each of have the following meanings herein respectively set forth. unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

"Bathing area" means any beach or water area designated by the department as a bathing area.

"Bicycle path" means any path or trail maintained for bicycles.

"Bridle path or trail" means any path or trail maintained for persons riding on horseback.

"Camping Unit unit" means a tent, tent trailer, travel trailer, camping trailer, pick-up camper, motor homes home, or any other portable device or vehicular-type structure as may be developed, marketed, or used for temporary living quarters or shelter during periods of recreation, vacation, leisure time, or travel.

"Department" means the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

"Electric power-assisted bicycle" means a vehicle that travels on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground and is equipped with (i) pedals that allow propulsion by human power and (ii) an electric motor with an input of no more than 1,000 watts that reduces the pedal effort required of the rider. For the purposes of Chapter 8 (§ 46.2-800 et seq.) of Title 46.2 of the Code of Virginia, an electric power-assisted bicycle shall be a vehicle when operated on a highway.

"Foot path or trail" means any path or trail maintained for pedestrians or disabled persons.

"Immediate family" means relatives living at the same common household of residence.

"Motor vehicle" means any vehicle which that possesses a motor of any description used for propulsion or to assist in the propulsion of the vehicle.

"Other power-driven mobility device" means any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines, whether or not designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities, that is used by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion, including golf carts, electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs), such as the Segway® PT, or any mobility device designed to operate in areas without defined pedestrian routes, but that is not defined as a "wheelchair".

"Owner" means any person, firm, association, copartnership, or corporation owning, leasing, operating, or having the exclusive use of a vehicle, animal, or any other property under a lease or otherwise.

"Park" means, unless specifically limited, all designated state parks, recreational areas, parkways, historical and natural areas, natural area preserves, sites, and other areas under the jurisdiction or management of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

"Permits" means any all written license licenses issued by or under authority of the department, permitting the performance of a specified act or acts.

"Person" means any corporation, company, association, firm, an individual, proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, joint stock company, syndicate, business trust, estate, club, committee, organization, or group of persons acting in concert.

"Swimming area" means any beach or water area designated by the department as a swimming area.

"Wheelchair" means a manually-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of both indoor and outdoor locomotion.

4VAC5-30-20

4VAC5-30-20. Construction of regulations.

In the interpretation of the Virginia State Parks Regulations this chapter, their the provisions shall be construed as follows: (i) any terms in the singular shall include the plural; (ii) any term in the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter; (iii) any requirements or prohibition of any act shall, respectively, extend to and include the causing or procuring, directly or indirectly, of such act; (iv) no provision hereof shall make unlawful any act necessarily performed by any law-enforcement officer as defined by § 9.1-101 of the Code of Virginia or employee of the department in line of duty or work as such, or by any person, his agents or employees, in the proper and necessary execution of the terms of any agreement with the department; (v) any act otherwise prohibited by Virginia State Parks Regulations this chapter, provided it is not otherwise prohibited by law or local ordinance, shall be lawful if performed under, by virtue of, and strictly within the provisions of a permit so to do, and to the extent authorized thereby,; and (vi) this chapter are in addition to and supplement the state vehicle and traffic laws set out in the Code of Virginia, which are in force in all parks and which are incorporated herein and made a part hereof.

4VAC5-30-30

4VAC5-30-30. Territorial scope.

All Virginia State Parks Regulations This chapter shall be effective within and upon all state parks, recreational areas, historical and natural areas, natural area preserves, roads, sites, and other areas in the Commonwealth which that may be under the management or control of the Department of Conservation and Recreation and shall regulate the use thereof by all persons. This chapter shall also be effective in any lands operated as Breaks Interstate Park in accordance with the Compact entered into pursuant to § 10.1-205.1 of the Code of Virginia.

4VAC5-30-32

4VAC5-30-32. General.

Failure to comply with the Virginia State Parks Regulations this chapter, as well as other applicable laws and regulations, may result in revocation of permits or registrations, forfeiture of applicable prices paid, a citation, arrest, and prosecution.

4VAC5-30-50

4VAC5-30-50. Flowers, plants, minerals, etc.

No person shall remove, destroy, cut down, scar, mutilate, injure, deface, take, or gather in any manner any tree, flower, fern, shrub, rock or plant, fungi, historical artifact, or mineral in any park unless a special permit has been obtained for scientific collecting. Edible fruits, berries, or nuts may be collected for personal or individual use only. To obtain a special permit for scientific collecting in a state park, a natural area, or a natural area preserve, a Research and Collecting Permit Application must be completed and provided to the department at: in a manner specified by the department.

Department of Conservation and Recreation

203 Governor Street, Suite 306

Richmond, Virginia 23219-2010.

To obtain a special permit for scientific collecting in a natural area or natural area preserve, a Research and Collecting Permit Application must be completed and provided to the department at:

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Division of Natural Heritage

217 Governor Street, Third Floor

Richmond, Virginia 23219.

4VAC5-30-95

4VAC5-30-95. Public urination or defecation.

Urinating or defecating other than at the places provided therefore is prohibited, with the exception for trail areas or other remote sites that may not have utilities provided. In such cases, urinating or defecating should not be seen by the public and should take place at least 200 feet from any waterway or trailway path.

4VAC5-30-150

4VAC5-30-150. Camping.

A. Permit Reservation. Camping will be conducted only under permit a valid reservation. A permit reservation is obtained by completing a valid Virginia State Parks Camping Permit Form or Honor Camping Application and submitting payment from the individual park office, through the department's designated reservation system, or through the completion of the self-pay process. Payment must be submitted in accordance with all applicable prices and payment policies. A camping permit can only be issued by the park management. Only an individual 18 years of age or older who is a member of and accepts responsibility for the camping party may be issued a camping permit reservation. The act of placing a reservation through the state parks reservation center does not constitute a camping permit.

Camping may only be performed in strict accordance with the terms and conditions of the permit reservation. Any violation of the permit by the permittee or terms of the reservation by any member of the party shall constitute grounds for permit reservation revocation by the department, or by its authorized representative, whose action shall be final. In case of revocation of any permit reservation, all moneys paid for or on account thereof shall at the option of the department be forfeited and retained by the department.

B. Occupancy. Occupancy of each campsite shall be limited to not more than six persons or one immediate family, or other maximum occupancy permitted through an approved special use permit. The term immediate family shall mean relatives living at the same common household of residence.

C. Camping units, equipment, and vehicles. All camping units, equipment, and vehicles shall be placed within the perimeter of the designated campsite without infringing on adjoining campsites or vegetation. Where high impact areas have been designated, all camping units, equipment, and vehicles shall be placed within the defined borders of the high impact area. There is a maximum of two camping units allowed per campsite; no more than one axled camping unit is allowed per campsite. 

D. Camping periods. No camping shall be permitted in excess of 14 nights within a 30-day period. Park managers shall have the authority to increase the number of nights permitted by an approved special use permit. Check-in time shall be 4 p.m. Check-out time is 3 p.m. Campers may be permitted to occupy campsites prior to 4 p.m., but no earlier than 8 a.m., if campsites are available. Any personal property left at the campsite after the reservation period check-out time shall be removed by park staff at the owner's expense.

E. Motor vehicles. Only two motor vehicles in addition to the camping unit allowed under subsection C of this section are permitted on a campsite with no additional prices. All motor vehicles shall be parked in the designated parking area of each campsite. Any additional vehicles beyond two are subject to daily parking prices and shall be parked at designated overflow parking areas.

F. Visitors. All visitors shall register on the visitors register. No visitor shall be allowed before 6 a.m. and all visitors must leave the campground area by 10 p.m. All visitors shall be charged the appropriate daily parking or admissions prices prior to entering the park.

G. Quiet hours. Quiet hours in the campgrounds shall be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Generators Excessive noise, amplified music, or other disturbances that can be heard outside the perimeters of the user's campsite are prohibited during the designated quiet hours.

H. Pets. Domestic and household pets are permitted in campgrounds only with payment of all applicable prices. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and for ensuring their pets do not disturb other campers. Horses and other livestock are not permitted unless facilities are specifically provided for them.

I. Generators. The use of generators at campsites and in the campground is prohibited except when used by the department to perform necessary construction, maintenance, or repairs or for an activity approved by special permit.

J. Damage to any campground or campsite, not considered normal wear and tear, may be billed to the person registering for the campground or campsite on an itemized cost basis in accordance with the reservation acknowledgment or reservation confirmation.

4VAC5-30-160

4VAC5-30-160. Cabins.

A. Use of state park cabins, camping cabins, and yurts shall only be permitted pursuant to the reservation acknowledgment, reservation confirmation, or established department regulations (4VAC5-36) and policy dealing with reservations, registration, occupancy, prices, length of stay, and rental period.

B. Damage to any park cabin, camping cabin, or yurt not considered normal wear and tear may be billed to the person registering for the cabin on an itemized cost basis in accordance with the reservation acknowledgment or reservation confirmation.

4VAC5-30-170

4VAC5-30-170. Bathing Swimming, where permitted.

No person shall bathe, wade, or swim in any department-owned waters in any park except at such times, and in such places, as the department may designate as bathing swimming areas, and unless so covered with a bathing suit as to prevent any indecent exposure of the person.

4VAC5-30-180

4VAC5-30-180. Dressing and undressing. (Repealed.)

Dressing and undressing, except in bathhouses, camping units or cabins is prohibited.

4VAC5-30-190

4VAC5-30-190. Boating.

Boating of any kind in a bathing swimming area is prohibited.

4VAC5-30-220

4VAC5-30-220. Fires.

No person shall kindle, build, maintain, or use a fire other than in places provided or designated for such purposes in any park. Any fire shall be continuously under the care and direction of a competent person over sixteen older than 16 years of age from the time it is kindled until it is extinguished. No person within the confines of any park shall throw away or discard any lighted match, cigarette, cigar, charcoal, or other burning object. Any lighted match, cigarette, cigar, charcoal, or other burning object must be entirely extinguished before being thrown away or discarded.

4VAC5-30-230

4VAC5-30-230. Smoking.

No person shall smoke or use electronic vaporizing devices in any structure or place in any park where smoking is prohibited. Smoking or the use of electronic vaporizing devices may be forbidden by the department or its authorized agent in any part of any park.

4VAC5-30-260

4VAC5-30-260. Animals at large.

No person shall cause or permit any animal owned by him, in his custody, or under his control, except an animal restrained by a leash not exceeding six feet in length, to enter any park, and each such animal found at large may be seized and disposed of as provided by the law or ordinance covering disposal of stray animals on highways or public property then in effect at the place where such stray animals may be seized. No animal shall be left unattended by its owner in any park at any time, except for animals in designated stables. Animals shall not be allowed in bathing swimming areas under any circumstances, except for service or hearing dogs identifiable in accordance with § 51.5-44 of the Code of Virginia.

4VAC5-30-274

4VAC5-30-274. Foot path or trail use.

Persons shall only use paths, trails, or other designated areas in any park. No person shall engage in an activity expressly prohibited by a trail safety sign. Wheelchairs and other power-driven mobility devices are only allowed on those paths or trails that have been designated by the department as appropriate for such use.

4VAC5-30-276

4VAC5-30-276. Bicycle path use.

No person shall use a bicycle, an electric power-assisted bicycle, or a similarly propelled devices device in any area other than designated bicycle paths in any park. No person shall engage in an activity expressly prohibited by a trail safety sign.

4VAC5-30-280

4VAC5-30-280. Bridle path use.

No person shall use, ride, or drive a horse or other animal in any park except along a bridle path, to or from a parking area associated with such bridle path, or other designated area. No person shall engage in an activity expressly prohibited by a trail safety sign park rules and regulations.

4VAC5-30-300

4VAC5-30-300. Parking.

No owner or driver shall cause or permit a vehicle to stand anywhere in any park outside of designated parking spaces, except a reasonable time in a drive to receive or discharge passengers in a reasonable amount of time in areas where standing vehicles are not prohibited. Parking in designated camping or cabin parking spaces is prohibited unless the individual is registered as an occupant of or a visitor to that specific campsite or cabin.

4VAC5-30-370

4VAC5-30-370. Advertising.

No sign, notice or advertisements of any nature shall be erected or posted at any place within any park, nor shall any noise be made for the purpose of attracting attention to any exhibition of any kind except for services, programs, and events approved by the park management.

4VAC5-30-390

4VAC5-30-390. Alms and contributions.

No person or organization shall within any park solicit alms or contributions for any purpose unless approved by the park management.

4VAC5-30-400

4VAC5-30-400. Aviation.

No person shall voluntarily bring, land, or cause to descend or alight within or upon any park, any airplane, remote control model aircraft, flying machine helicopter, unmanned aerial system, drone, balloon, parachute, or other apparatus for aviation. "Voluntarily" in this connection shall mean anything other than a forced landing. Rescue and evacuation aircraft are exempt for emergencies and approved training exercises.

4VAC5-30-410

4VAC5-30-410. Importation of firewood.

A. The Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation may prohibit the importation of firewood or certain types of firewood into any park or allow such entry only under specified conditions when such firewood may be infected or infested with a species of concern. Any firewood transported to the park by a person found to be in violation of such prohibition shall be confiscated and destroyed. Should any person charged under this section be found not guilty, the person shall be reimbursed for only the cost of the firewood.

B. When the director makes a written determination to implement subsection A of this section, the following minimum requirements apply:

1. Such determination shall be posted to the department's website and posted at the park where applicable.

2. Firewood to be used by any person within a park must be purchased from the park, must be proven to be from a certified source in accordance with subdivision 3 of this subsection if transported to the park, or may be collected from within the confines of the park in accordance with park policy. The department may allow for the sale or distribution of firewood within the park with prior written agreement that it has been treated in accordance with subdivision 3 of this subsection. Firewood includes all wood, processed or unprocessed, meant for use in a campfire. Such ban shall not include scrap building materials, such as 2x4s; two-by-fours, but may extend to wood pallets and other wood product packing materials as determined by the director.

3. Firewood certified to be sold and distributed within the park by a firewood dealer shall be subject to at least one of the following conditions:

a. Exclude all ash tree material quarantined tree species from the firewood production area. Dealers will have to demonstrate ability to identify and separate firewood species.

b. Remove bark and outer half inch of sapwood off of all nonconiferous firewood.

c. Kiln dry all nonconiferous firewood to USDA specifications.

d. Heat treat all nonconiferous firewood to USDA specifications.

e. Fumigate all nonconiferous firewood to USDA specifications.

f. Offer conclusive proof demonstrating to the satisfaction of the department that the origin of the wood was from a noninfected area.

g. Offer conclusive proof demonstrating to the satisfaction of the department that the wood containing the infecting or infesting species of concern has been properly treated and the species is controlled by an alternative control mechanism.

The director may eliminate or restrict conditions offered in this subsection as determined to be necessary to properly address the infecting or infesting species of concern to the satisfaction of the department.

4VAC5-30-420

4VAC5-30-420. Release of animals or wildlife on park property.

No person shall release animals or wildlife captured or propagated elsewhere into any park, unless approved by the park management.

4VAC5-30-9998

FORMS (4VAC5-30)

Natural Area Preserve Research and Collecting Permit Application, DCR 199-003 (11/07).

Research and Collecting Permit Application, DCR 199-043 (12/00).

Cabin & Camping Permit (1/10).

Research and Collecting Permit Application, DCR 199‑043 (rev. 7/2014)