Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Caledon’s economic impact
Visitors to Caledon State Park contributed $802,416 to the economy, according to the Virginia State Parks 2012 Attendance and Economic Impact.
The King George County park, known for its high concentration of nesting eagles, attracted 50,151 visitors in 2012.
Attendance at Virginia State Parks set a new record last year with 8.36 million visitors. That’s an increase of 7 percent from 2011, according to the report. The previous attendance record of 8 million was set in 2010.
The 35 Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. As a whole, state parks directly and indirectly had an economic impact last year of $198 million, a 6 percent increase over the previous record in 2011, according to the report.
In her monthly newsletter, Supervisor Ruby Brabo cited the economic report: “Tourism does have an impact on our economy. With the addition of overnight camping, more trails and access to the river for kayaking we hope to see that impact increase for 2013.”