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Tourism to Shenandoah National Park Boosts Economy in Gateway Communities

Luray, Virginia – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1.14 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2013 spent $72.4 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 889 jobs in the local area. “Shenandoah National Park is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world,” said…

Meet The Fastest Creature on Earth, Flying High Above Shenandoah

Luray, Va. — Between early May and mid-July, Shenandoah National Park Natural Resources staff, working in partnership with the Center for Conservation Biology at the College of William & Mary, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and the Virginia Department of Transportation, has successfully restored nine peregrine falcons in the park. The “foster”…

Blackberry Thrills at Shenandoah National Park

By mid-summer, wild blackberry bushes are heavy with fruit in the open, sunny areas along trails and streams in Shenandoah National Park.  Skyland Resort, located on mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive, is set to celebrate with a daylong event on Saturday July 26, 2014 featuring all things blackberry! Ready to get your blackberry…

Circuit Loops Make For Great Hiking at Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness. An out-and-back hike proceeds to its destination and then returns by the same route. A circuit hike proceeds to its destination and then…

Linger Longer at Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park, VA – (July 1, 2014)–Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are ready to welcome families this summer with an activity rich experience. The Linger Longer Package includes two nights lodging, breakfast each morning and your choice of three activities. The activity choices include a one-hour guided horseback from…

Looking Back: The Dedication of Shenandoah National Park

On July 3, 1936, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated Shenandoah National Park. Roosevelt delivered this dedication speech at Big Meadows: In every part of the country, local and state and federal authorities are engaged in preserving and developing our heritage of natural resources; and in this work they are also conserving our priceless heritage of…

Celebrate National Trails Day at Shenandoah National Park

Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 7, 2014. In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline…

Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Weekend

Conserving native plants will be the focus of Shenandoah National Park’s 28th annual Wildflower Weekend, May 3 and 4, 2014.  Visitors may see woodland beauties such as trillium, wild geranium, jack-in-the-pulpit, and a variety of others on naturalist-led hikes. Trails included this year are Compton Peak, Ft. Windham Rocks, Millers Head, Mill Prong, Appalachian, Franklin…

Participate in Planning Shenandoah National Park’s Future

Luray, Virginia – The National Park Service has begun the process of preparing a Foundation Document for planning and management of Shenandoah National Park. This planning process involves revisiting the park’s core purpose and significance, most important resources and values, and the interpretive themes that tell Shenandoah’s important stories. “This Foundation Planning process gives us…

Shenandoah’s Whiteoak Canyon selected as part of the Old-Growth Forest Network

Luray, VA – On April 3, Shenandoah National Park’s Whiteoak Canyon, located in Madison County, Virginia, will become part of the national Old-Growth Forest Network. “The National Parks have been called ‘America’s Best Idea, and we like to think of the Old-Growth Forest Network as ‘America’s Next Idea,’” says Joan Maloof, the founder and director…