American chestnut saplings reaching for the sun, mountain laurel sprouts climbing out of the soil, and sassafras. Those are just some of the signs that more than 10,000 acres of Shenandoah National Park that burned back in the spring are coming back to life.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, along with the Barlow family of Stanley, Virginia, will co-host the 83th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Alumni Reunion this coming Saturday. The public is invited to meet with families and alumni and hear first-hand about their experiences. Alumni reunion events will take place at the Big Meadows Lodge Massanutten Room (mile 51 Skyline Drive) beginning at 10 a.m. with remarks from park leadership.
Shenandoah National Park will honor America’s Wilderness heritage during its 16th annual Wilderness Weekend, September 10-11. This year commemorates the 40th anniversary of Shenandoah’s Wilderness designation.
There are good times to go birding in Eastern forests and times that are less than ideal. I won’t say the birding is ever “bad,” because even if there aren’t any birds, a walk in the woods is never a bad thing. Still, if seeing tons of birds and hearing beautiful songs is on your agenda, avoid August. Head to the beaches to see shorebird migration.
When you're done hiking in the park or touring Skyline Drive, these Blue Ridge small towns have much to offer visitors.
Fall is weeks away, yet it's not too early to start planning for your fall or winter excursion. Traveler's Essential Park Guide, Fall 2016, takes a closeup look at Everglades and Shenandoah national parks, and looks farther afield to Costa Rica and Manuel Antonio National Park where you'll find sloths and toucans.
In the wake of a dog being killed by a sow black bear, Shenandoah National Park officials are temporarily closing a section of the park to dogs. The closure affects the greater Dickey Ridge area (Mile 4.6 Skyline Drive) to reduce the risk of negative dog/bear encounters.
A sow black bear with cubs killed one of two dogs that a hiker had with them on the Snead Farm Fire Road in Shenandoah National Park, prompting park officials to close the road and associated Loop Trail for the immediate future.
Running more than 160 pages, the National Park Service Management Policies provides park managers with quick reference to how they are to manage their units, what uses are appropriate, and how to usher visitors out of the park when Congress fails to fund the National Park Service. But the Management Policies, which last were updated in 2006, also leave much to interpretation and exception.
Despite being only about 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park enjoys wonderfully dark night skies. So dark, in fact, that the park will hold a Night Sky Festival next week.