The Office of Outdoor Recreation

The Office of Outdoor Recreation is a resource to businesses and communities, and an advocate for the outdoors. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, you can find every outdoor experience in Virginia.

About

The Office of Outdoor Recreation is a resource to businesses and communities, and an advocate for the outdoors. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, you can find every outdoor experience in Virginia.

Virginia’s Outdoor Recreation Economy

197,000
direct jobs
$21.9B
in consumer spending
$2.5B
in wages and salaries
$6.5B
in wages and salaries
$1.2B
in state and local tax revenue
57%
of Virginia residents participate in outdoor recreation each year
200+
outdoor companies
3,000
miles of shoreline
38
state parks
24
state forests

More Information

Virginia has a vibrant outdoor economy in every region of the Commonwealth. Outdoor recreation contributes more than $21.9B to the economy, employs more than 197,000 people and is a key driver behind the Commonwealth’s $26B tourism industry. Not only does Virginia outdoor recreation create $1.2 billion in state and local tax revenues, it is a critical component of the quality of life and sense of place that Virginia’s top workforce has grown to love.

With a strong density of outdoor companies, the diverse natural assets found across the state, and a workforce emboldened by the outdoors, Governor Northam created Virginia’s Office of Outdoor Recreation July 2019 as a result of the important contribution the industry plays in Virginia’s economy, joining eleven other states that provide a central point of contact to promote and support the continued health of the outdoor recreation economy.

Contact

Cassidy Rasnick
Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade
cassidy.rasnick@governor.virginia.gov
804-786-7831