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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…

Shenandoah National Park Quarter To Be Released

The second United States Mint quarter for release in 2014 is the Shenandoah National Park Quarter. This strike honors the national park in Virginia and represents the twenty-second coin from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program. Its circulation release date is March 31, 2014. A special event commemorating the launch will occur on April 4…

Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring Opening Dates

Luray, Virginia — Facilities in Shenandoah National Park will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring. The Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will continue serving visitors on weekends (weather permitting) until March 29 when the visitor center will begin operating seven days a week.  The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center will…

Byrd Visitor Center Now Open on Winter Weekends

Luray, VA – The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) in Shenandoah National Park will be open on winter weekends, weather permitting. Beginning January 11, 2014, the visitor center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays when the Skyline Drive is…

Shenandoah National Park is A Winter Wonderland

Luray, Virginia — Winter can be a spectacular time to visit the Shenandoah National Park. Crisp temperatures, clear vistas, sparkling ice waterfalls, wildlife sightings and mountaintop solitude await you. Fortunately for cold-weather explorers, Skyline Drive and the park’s back country remain open year round. More than 500 miles of trails can be reached from Skyline…

Open For Business: Shenandoah National Park

Media Advisory:  Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park are open. Visitor Centers opened this morning at 9:00 a.m. The lodges and restaurants are gearing up to be fully operational by this evening. Trails and campgrounds are open! Fall is one of the most beautiful times of year in Virginia, so now is the perfect time…

Skyline Drive is closed, but Shenandoah Valley is open!

Due to the government shut-down, Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park are closed. All recreation activities are suspended. Entrances, trailheads, backcountry, visitor facilities, lodges and campgrounds are closed. Did you know that nearly 25% of the visitors to Shenandoah National Park come in the month of October? Many of those visitors spend time in neighboring…

Shenandoah: The Apple of Your Eye

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia — The weather is glorious and the apples are ripe, so now is the perfect time to plan your apple adventure in the Shenandoah Valley. Above-average rainfall has filled Virginia’s orchards with lots of large, flavorful apples, according to state officials. “It is shaping up to be an excellent year for apples,”…

September “Wilderness Weekend” Offers Glimpse Into Mountain Heritage

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Virginia — Shenandoah National Park will honor America’s wilderness heritage during its 13th annual Wilderness Weekend, September 14 – 15, 2013. Special events will take place throughout the weekend. At the Byrd Visitor Center, milepost 51 on Skyline Drive, there will be a traditional tool display and demonstration from 9:00 a.m. to…

Get Outside – National Trails Day is June 1st

Celebrate National Trails Day in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 1. All ages are invited to join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day. 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…