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Who We Are

The focus of Friends of Seven Bends State Park is to support and advocate for the educational and recreational use of the park for all.

Friends of Seven Bends State Park operates as a branch of Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.

How We Came to Be

Friends of Seven Bends State Park was originally a committee of Friends of the North Fork, which has been working since 1988 to keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful. 

Before Seven Bends State Park opened to the public, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River (FNFSR) offered support to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in park planning and development. As work on the park progressed, public interest grew and people wanted to help. The informal group of volunteers and interested citizens became a committee under the umbrella of FNFSR and eventually organized as Friends of Seven Bends State Park. 

The park itself experienced delays in opening. Construction was held up by the need for bridge reinforcements at a river crossing, and even by flooding of the river itself. As the date for the grand opening of the park finally grew near, the COVID-19 pandemic forced cancellation of all ceremonies. Still, the gates opened to the public and the park became popular in spite of the lack of fanfare. 

The pandemic also forced cancellation of public meetings and many events. Fortunately, a group of volunteers had already agreed to work as a steering committee for the Friends of Seven Bends State Park, and continued to meet virtually on a monthly basis. 

Friends of Seven Bends State Park welcomes your support. Volunteers are involved in clearing trails, building bird houses, planning programs, and more. 

Gaining Access to the Park

Location: “The park is in east-central Shenandoah County, a few miles from Historic Downtown Woodstock. It’s about 35 miles southwest of Winchester and 40 miles northeast of Harrisonburg. The park has two access sites. For the south site, take Exit 283 off of I-81 for Woodstock, then go east on VA-42, W. Reservoir Road. Turn right onto S. Hollingsworth Road and remain on it for 1 mile. For the north site, take Exit 283 off of I-81 for Woodstock, then go east on VA-42, W. Reservoir Road. Turn left onto S. Water Street, turn right onto Hollingsworth Road, then turn right onto on Lupton Road and remain on it for .7 mi.” (Information from Virginia State Parks, 2020)

Trail Guide and Seven Bends State Park Map

Friends of Seven Bends State Park Meeting Information

Open public meetings of FSBSP are held every other month on the first Wednesday at 5:30pm. The next open meeting will be Wednesday, December 1 at 5:30pm. Meetings are held at the park (Lupton entrance). These meetings are led by Juli Bowers, a FSBSP volunteer and Virginia Master Naturalist.

Registration not required for FSBSP open meetings. The Virginia State Parks parking fee is waived for these meetings.

Questions? Email [email protected]

Past Open Meeting Minutes

October 13, 2021 Open Meeting Minutes

August 4, 2021 Open Meeting Minutes

June 2, 2021 Open Meeting Minutes

April 7, 2021 Open Meeting Minutes

February 3, 2021 Open Meeting Minutes

FSBSP Educational Programs and Events

As the community-support organization for the park, we provide educational programs and events to supplement those offered by the park.

Register here for our upcoming programs and events: https://fnfsr.secure.force.com/signup/volunteerEventSelectPage
Register here for the Shenandoah Reel Women Summer Camps: https://fnfsr.org/shenandoah-reel-women-summer-camps/

FSBSP Volunteer Workdays

Stay tuned for info on our next volunteer workday.

In addition to registering via the above link for FSBSP volunteer workdays, all volunteers must also be registered as a Virginia State Park volunteer here: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/volunteer-form

Friends of Seven Bends State Park Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 540-459-8550

Park Contact Information

Address: 2111 South Hollingsworth Road, Woodstock, VA 22664

Phone: 540-622-6840; park does not have a ranger station or office so direct questions to 1-800-933-PARK.

Park website and park alerts/current “Know Before You Go:” https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/seven-bends

Park email: [email protected]

Hours: The park is open daily from 6 a.m. – dusk.

Links 

Donate to Friends of Seven Bends State Park

Volunteer with Friends of Seven Bends State Park

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Visit the Seven Bends State Park official site

Ongoing Project Updates