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Wildlife Spotting: Where (and how) to Listen and Look

Wildlife Spotting: Where (and how) to Listen and Look

by Patressa Kearns   The most-often-asked question of Rangers in Shenandoah National Park (besides “Where’s the nearest restroom?”) is: Where can I find wildlife? And the most-often-given response from a Ranger to this question is: What kind of wildlife are you...

How to be a Happy Camper in Shenandoah

How to be a Happy Camper in Shenandoah

by Patressa Kearns Camping popularity has gone through the roof, and not just here at Shenandoah, but everywhere! Here are some things to know to help you increase your chances of getting a campsite in Shenandoah. There are four campgrounds: Mathews Arm (mile 22 on...

Chasing Waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park

Chasing Waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park

June 16, 2023, is International Waterfall Day, and there is no better time of year than spring to early summer to explore the thundering waterways of Shenandoah National Park. The park has more than a dozen named waterfalls, and dozens more course through the Blue...

The Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park

The Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park

by Patressa Kerns       Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Earth laughs in flowers. “ If Emerson was right, Shenandoah National Park – with its more than 860 different species of wildflowers – positively belly laughs from late March into October!    ...

Chasing Waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park

Fall in Love with Shenandoah Waterfalls

by Patressa Kearns There’s just something about waterfalls. When your soul and body need refreshing, resting beside a waterfall is just about the most perfect experience you can have. Waterfalls are feasts for the senses, and a whole lot less pricey than going to a...

Stars Shine Bright and Right Above You in Shenandoah

Stars Shine Bright and Right Above You in Shenandoah

by Patressa Kearns Night skies have always been a source of wonder, art, poetry and romantic pop songs. Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” still has the world gazing upon it in awe 133 years after it was painted. There’s just something about the night sky that...

A Dozen Reasons to Visit Shenandoah This Winter

A Dozen Reasons to Visit Shenandoah This Winter

by Patressa Kearns     Think it’s true that Shenandoah National Park is best visited in spring, summer, and fall? Think again. Yes, spring is life affirming here. Summer is a blast, and fall...well, fall is hard to beat, with its scarlets, oranges, and...

Winter Hiking Tips

Winter Hiking Tips

by Patressa Kearns   A little bit of planning will help ensure you have a good time and get back home safe and sound. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for your winter hike in Shenandoah.              1) Let someone know your plans. Before you...