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Secretary Jewell Announces Study Showing Spring Starting Earlier in National Parks

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VA – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced a new study showing that spring is beginning earlier than its historical average in 75 percent of the national parks examined — providing further evidence that climate change is already impacting public lands. The announcement came during a visit to Shenandoah National…

Regional Tourism on the Upswing Over Last Five Years

Tourism in the Shenandoah Valley Region Shenandoah tourism is growing, as the natural and authentic appeal of the region is bringing more and more visitors to this beautiful area. Travel data from the past five years shows visitor spending in the Shenandoah Valley has been on a continued upswing. The Virginia Tourism Corporation reports that travel-related expenditures…

Shenandoah National Park Celebrates the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service

Shenandoah National Park extends an invitation for the public to join in the celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) this week. As a birthday gift to everyone, the entrance fee to Shenandoah (and all other national parks) is waived from August 25 through August 28. The National Park Service was born…

Birds of a Feather: Gliding Over Shenandoah National Park

Luray, Virginia:  Shenandoah National Park is hosting a special presentation on the history of gliders on July 15 and July 16 at 1:00 p.m. in the Byrd Visitor Center auditorium (mile 51 Skyline Drive).  Presenter Lt. Col. Hulstrunk, a WWII glider pilot, will speak about his experience of attending and assisting with the glider competition…

Lodging, Glamping & Cabins Inside Shenandoah National Park

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. — Where should I stay during my Shenandoah National Park vacation? Fortunately, there are an  abundance of lodging opportunities both inside the park and in the communities surrounding the park. Within the park, you can choose from historic lodges with modern conveniences to rustic cabins with clean towels and quiet nights….

Howdy, Neighbor! We’ve Got A Special Deal For You!

Luray, VA – Shenandoah National Park staff are inviting community neighbors to enjoy a fee-free day in the park in celebration of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day. On June 18, 2016, entrance fees will be waived for residents living in the nine counties bordering the Park including: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, and Warren….

Music In The American Wild

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. — This summer, an ensemble of classical musicians is performing from sea to shining sea, bringing newly composed works to majestic locations during the National Park Service’s centennial year celebrations. At Shenandoah National Park, listen to specially commissioned musical works on Saturday, June 18, at 1:30 p.m. at the Byrd Visitor Center….

Centennial Celebration Concert Series Announced

Shenandoah National Park is sponsoring a free concert series in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016. Performances will be held both in Shenandoah National Park and in neighboring communities. The featured musicians have created original compositions especially for the NPS Centennial to celebrate national parks as places for inspiration,…

Shenandoah National Park: Tips For The Winter Season

Shenandoah National Park is always open. However, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the park, are periodically closed during inclement weather and at night during deer hunting season. Visitors can still enter the park on foot to hike even when the Drive is closed. Most visitor facilities and services begin operating in…

Total Lunar Eclipse at Shenandoah National Park

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. — Shenandoah National Park will celebrate the upcoming total lunar eclipse with a “star party” at Big Meadows on Sunday, September 27. Join Park Rangers, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern, and local amateur astronomers at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) for an evening of astronomy presentations and…