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.
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.
Please call Concha Mendoza at our office or fill in the form below to learn more about all our volunteer activities.