- Associated Press - Thursday, January 27, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attendance at Virginia’s state parks has topped 8 million visitors for the first time.

Park attendance in 2010 increased by 7 percent to a record 8.1 million visitors.

More than 1 million people stayed overnight in cabins and campsites. It’s the first time overnight attendance has topped 1 million visitors

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that state officials released the attendance figures Wednesday.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says in a statement that Virginia’s state parks continue to be a premier tourism destination.

There are 35 parks in the state system.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, https://www.timesdispatch.com

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