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Spring Ushers In Change at Shenandoah National Park

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. – Shenandoah National Park facilities started opening as scheduled this season with a new park superintendent, new management company and a new chef. Jim Northup, a 32-year national park service ranger, was named superintendent of Shenandoah earlier this year.  DNC Parks & Resorts, Inc. is kicking off its first season as…

Shenandoah National Park’s Spring Opening Dates Announced

Shenandoah National Park is just 75 miles from Washington DC.  With its majestic mountain views, nearly 200,000 acres of back-country adventure, and the solitude of early spring – an early spring getaway to the park offers a wonderful opportunity to refresh your spirit. A colder than usual spring, with several recent snows, is keeping the…

National Park Service Selects Delaware North as Concessioner at Shenandoah

Delaware North, a global hospitality management company that serves millions of guests at Yosemite and several other national parks, was selected by the U.S. National Park Service as the new concessioner at Shenandoah National Park. Under a 10-year contract, Delaware North will take over operation of the lodging, retail shops, food and beverage, and other…

Shenandoah National Park Transitions Into Winter Season

Luray, VA – Shorter days and cooler nights signal the end of the autumn travel season and the closing of facilities at Shenandoah National Park.  Fortunately, Skyline Drive and the park’s back country remain open year round. More than 500 miles of trails can be reached from Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail roughly parallels…

Hurricane Sandy: Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park Closed

Hurricane Sandy’s approach has prompted the closure of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The Park Service reports that the North District (mile 0-31.5) and South District (mile 65-105) closed Sunday night.  The Central District (mile 31.5-65) closed Monday at noon. Closures include Skyline Drive as well as concessions facilities, lodges, campgrounds, picnic areas, and visitor…

Get In Touch With Your Wild Side at Shenandoah National Park

The leaves are displaying gorgeous fall color and the weather is ideal, so plan your escape from the news and election cycle by visiting Shenandoah National Park during the park’s annual “Wilderness Weekend.” What: Wilderness Weekend: Traditional Tool Display and Demonstration When: October 20-21, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday and Sunday) Where: Byrd…

Taste of Fall: Fresh Apple Butter Along Virginia’s Skyline Drive

What: 13th Annual Apple Butter Celebration When: Saturday, September 22, 2012 (11:00 am to 5:00pm) Where: Skyland Resort (mile market 41.7 along Skyline Drive). Skyland Resort is located at the highest point along Skyline Drive in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, overlooking the legendary Shenandoah Valley. Leaves are just beginning to turn in the Blue Ridge…

Shenandoah National Park Offers Special Program on the Geology Along Skyline Drive

Luray, VA – Shenandoah National Park is pleased to announce a special program by the author of Geology Along Skyline Drive.  On Saturday, September 15, Dr. Robert Badger will discuss the fascinating geology preserved in the rocks readily accessible along the Skyline Drive. The program will take place at 1 p.m. in the Byrd Visitor…

Shenandoah To Get New Nonstop Service from Florida

New Nonstop Service To Shenandoah Valley From Orlando Now there is an easier way to get from Florida to the beautiful mountains of Virginia.  Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced that it will begin offering three weekly non-stop flights between Orlando and the Shenandoah Valley beginning Nov. 20, 2012. Orlando-Shenandoah (beginning Nov. 20, 2012)   Route Departs…

Round Up of Late Summer Music Festivals

Skyline Drive is your gateway to Virginia adventure – in more ways than one. This summer, why not drive down from the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains into the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, where summer music festivals abound.  Music lovers can select from outdoor and indoor venues, one-day programs versus multi-day events, and…