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Thomas Stevens Named Chief Ranger at Seven Bends State Park

Years in the making, Seven Bends State Park is one step closer to opening for regular public use. The Park’s first employee has arrived in Woodstock. Chief Ranger Thomas Stevens is looking forward to meeting local folks and getting to know the community. Stevens, who grew up over the mountains in Pendleton County, West Virginia is a graduate of West Virginia University. He has most recently served as Chief Ranger of Westmoreland State Park along the Potomac on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Tom, his wife Danielle, and young daughter Cora are just getting settled in Woodstock.

Tom is looking forward to meeting folks in the community and working hard to have the Park open in 2018.

Stay tuned for news on Park planning and volunteer opportunities.

Want to work at Seven Bends State Park? They are hiring for a Maintenance Ranger, part-time. Please visit the Department of Conservation and Recreation site to learn more about this position.

Click here to read Park news reported by the Northern Virginia Daily, July 17, 2017

Friends serves as the “community support organization” for Seven Bends State Park, along the river near Woodstock. As the property gets set up for public use, we will be recruiting volunteers for a number of projects in future years.

We recently received word that plans are moving forward with construction and other Park plans. You can read the full update we received from Craig Seaver, State Parks Director, by clicking here.

Last year the General Assembly provided some operational funding that will allow the Park to be staffed and help complete construction of simple day-use types of facilities in 2018. The hope is for public use of the property sometime in 2018.

VDOT is currently upgrading the weight limit on Lupton Road bridge. Once that is complete, they will begin demolition of the old Camp Lupton buildings and other structures that are beyond repair. Following this, there will be some new construction for basic facilities, which include:

Both the Hollingsworth Road and Lupton Road entrances are slated to get similar facilities:
Vault toilets
River access points
Parking areas
Picnic Tables

The Hollingsworth entrance will also have a small maintenance shed and a partial access road built, to get into the Park’s interior.

Other news includes:
an expected update of the Park Master Plan, which will involve a public meeting process later this year;
limited staffing of the Park is expected to beging this fall with a Chief Ranger and maintenance staff


The purpose of Seven Bends State Park, the gateway to the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is to provide water and land based outdoor recreational and educational opportunities while protecting and interpreting the spectacular scenic viewshed and the unique geological, natural, and historical resources of the storied Seven Bends area of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in Virginia.   — from the original Park Master Plan

Read the original Master Plan Executive Summary

Seven Bends State Park on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at Woodstock, Virginia [Map It!] is now becoming a reality. The 1,066 acre park land was dedicated in 2005, but little has changed on the land. Now the Park, which includes about 4 miles of frontage on the North Fork, has received over $2 million in funding for fiscal year 2016 from the General Assembly. While it will be many more years before significant Park facilities are built, we are pleased to see this progress which brings it one step closer to public use in the future.

Friends of the North Fork will be serving as the designated “community support organization” for Seven Bends. We look forward to the thoughtful development of the Park and being an active partner to help the community take advantage of increased river access and educational programming opportunities.  Our colleagues at Shenandoah River State Park have been doing this for years. You might visit their website to get ideas to suggest for projects at Seven Bends.

Interested in helping out at the Park?  There will be many volunteer opportunities, depending on your interests.  Friends is helping coordinate volunteer efforts, but you can also just work directly with the State Park. Thanks so much for your interest.

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