There’s No Time Like That First Time

There’s No Time Like That First Time

(by Patressa Kearns)  We get it. Planning a trip can be exhausting – almost as exhausting as hiking a trail or setting up a campsite. And when you’re planning that trip to a place you’ve never been before…well, it’s easy to...
So You Say You Want to See a Bear

So You Say You Want to See a Bear

by Patressa Kearns If you asked 100 Shenandoah National Park visitors what they most look forward to when they come to the Park, 99 of them are going to tell you it’s seeing a black bear. Seeing a black bear in its natural habitat is magical, every single time. ...
The Songbirds of Shenandoah

The Songbirds of Shenandoah

(by Patressa Kearns)  When winter starts to get old, even to those of us who love winter, spring seems mighty slow to come. “Slow as molasses” doesn’t begin to describe the sluggishness of spring’s arrival, when our moods have grown stale with the...
Rapidan Camp: History at the Headwaters

Rapidan Camp: History at the Headwaters

How is Rapidan Camp tied to a hobby?  Read on to discover the history. It’s always good to have a hobby. But when times are tough it’s especially wise to have a pastime you love – knitting, baking, assembling model airplanes, collecting stamps – something to take...

How About a Winter Hike in Shenandoah National Park?

by Patressa Kearns Some people just don’t get winter hiking. What’s the point? they wonder. It’s cold and windy. The trees are bare, the ground hard, and there’s nothing much to see except boulders, ice, and frozen dirt. Songbirds aren’t warbling nor can you...

Dog Friendly Travel Tips at Shenandoah National Park

If you’re like many travelers, you don’t consider a vacation a vacation unless you can bring your dog along. Shenandoah is perfect for the dog lover, as it is one of the few national parks in the country that allows pets on its hiking trails. But in order for you and...
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