Westmoreland State Park Re-Opens After Hurricane Damage
March 16, 2012
Filed under Camping News
In 2011, Virginia’s Westmoreland State Park celebrated its 75th anniversary and was also forced to close last August after being ravaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The storms took out more than 1,000 of the park’s trees, and with more than 20 inches of rain blanketing the park and damaging cabins, campgrounds, trails, docks and other structures, Westmoreland was deemed the most heavily damaged state park in Virginia. Despite the damage, persistence and planning of park officials and volunteers made it possible to reopen the park on November 18. It’s recommended that visitors stay on designated trails to avoid injury around the areas still under visible renovation from the storm. Joe Elton, state parks director with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, said, “Visitors may notice some scars, but they will also be able to enjoy all the amenities that Westmoreland has offered for generations. Some actually are better than ever.” Westmoreland State Park is the last of four parks to reopen after the 2011 storm damage.