It's mid-September, and while the temps are still almost summerish, the trees know fall is right around the corner, and that's a great reason to head to Shenandoah National Park now.
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway will continue to be managed by Parkway Inn, Inc., under a 10-year contract awarded by the National Park Service.
The Blue Ridge Parkway’s Peaks of Otter Lodge will celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary with substantial guest room upgrades by new concessionaire Delaware North Corporation.
Almost $500,000 is being doled out by the National Park Foundation to help 65 parks across the country underwrite the Ticket to Ride program that helps students visit parks near them.
A North Carolina man plans to begin an ambitious attempt to run the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway on August 9, and hopes to complete the 469-mile trip in only nine days. His purpose is to raise money for a camp that serves special needs kids and for the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.
Imagine, for a moment, that you're in charge of setting fees for the National Park System. What would you charge for, and how much would you charge? Or would you charge anything at all?
After many months of restoration work, the Mabry Mill along the Blue Ridge Parkway will be celebrated on July 31.
Once considered largely to be worthless, national parks today are economic engines that generate $26.5 billion for the nation's economy.
The coming months could tell whether Xanterra Parks & Resorts and Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts are both still in an acquisition mode, or will look to stand pat, as concessions opportunities are weighed in Yosemite National Park and along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The natural geologic cut of the Appalachian Mountains, and the plentiful moisture and frequency of springs in the region, combine to produce a cascading system of waterworks from Shenandoah National Park down through the Blue Ridge Parkway and into Great Smoky Mountains National Park that provides more than enough incentive to take a hike.