Shenandoah National Park

A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

Trails We Hiked in 2012 That We Think You'll Like

Few national park visits are complete without a hike of some distance and duration. We made the following hikes in the parks the past year, and think you'll find them interesting possibilities for 2013.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part II

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In this, the second of our two-part series, the Traveler looks at why some properties are not as well-maintained as you might expect.

National Park Lodging: Who's Taking Care Of These Buildings? Part I

While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In a two-part series, the Traveler looks at the highs and lows of upkeep in the National Park System.
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Creature Feature: Some Squirrels Really Can Fly

Humans weren't the only ones stocking up for a feast this month. Flying squirrels, which call a number of national parks home, have been busy with their own meals with winter coming.

Shenandoah National Park Officials Developing Management Plan To Protect Rock Outcrops

Three years have work have produced a Rock Outcrop Management Plan at Shenandoah National Park, where officials intend to use the document to manage climbing in the park and preservation of the outcrops.

Student Interns Study Climate Change In The Parks: Salamander Skins And Coral Reefs

Through its George Melendez Wright Climate Change Interns and Fellows program, the National Park Service enables university students to visit national parks to investigate issues related to climate change. Over the coming days we'll present profiles of what those students investigated.

Help The Shenandoah National Park Trust Help Teachers Help Students

A highly valuable, and interesting, program in some areas of the National Park System brings teachers into the parks to learn all they can, and then returns them to the classroom with that knowledge. You can help the Shenandoah National Park Trust fund such a program at Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park Back In Business....Partially

Steady work at cleaning up from the snowstorm that Superstorm Sandy deposited on Shenandoah National Park has allowed part of the park to reopen.

Trails I've Hiked: Dark Hollow Falls And Beyond At Shenandoah National Park

There are many nice hikes in Shenandoah National Park, some that ramble on for miles, some that run just a short way to a wonderful payoff. Dark Hollow Falls is one such payoff, but the hike is just a mile-and-a-half roundup, rather short if you were looking for a good leg stretcher. You can, however, easily extend that hike by more than a few miles.

Shenandoah National Park Digging Out Of Sandy's Snowstorm

Wet heavy snow deposited by "Superstorm Sandy," downed trees and millions of leaves were being tackled by crews at Shenandoah National Park on Halloween with hopes of getting part of the park open in time for the weekend.

Updated: "Superstorm Sandy" Brings Heavy Snows, Flooding, And Towering Waves To National Park System

Sunrise today showed deep, heavy snow in national parks in the Appalachians, flooding along coastal and barrier island parks, and waves towering more than two stories along some lakeshores farther inland.

Updated: As Hurricane Sandy Nears Land, National Park Service Closing Parks And Offices

Hurricane Sandy's approach has prompted the closure of a number of National Park System units, including Shenandoah National Park and parks in the Washington, D.C., area.
Fall in Shenandoah National Park is one of the most magical times of year thanks to the changing foliage. Timing your visit is chancy, as more than a little serendipity, and the weather, influence the changing leaves.

More National Park Units Getting Ready To Withstand Hurricane Sandy

National parks along the Eastern Seaboard from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to coastal Maine were preparing Saturday to withstand the brunt of Hurricane Sandy, a slowly evolving storm that meteorologists were predicting would be historic for its devastating impact.

Trails I've Hiked: Lewis Falls Trail In Shenandoah National Park

Fall might not be everyone's preferred season for hiking, but in Shenandoah National Park it can be one of the best seasons. Not only are crowds down to a small trickle, but the naked forests can make it easier to spot remnants of old homesteads.

Winter Closures Coming To Shenandoah National Park

The forest colors are vibrant, but the occasional nip in the air foretells a change in the seasons is coming, and that means some facilities are getting ready to close at Shenandoah National Park.

Wilderness Weekend On Tap In Shenandoah National Park This Weekend

Though it's surrounded by development, cross into Shenandoah National Park and you'll find a surprisingly large amount of acreage that is managed as wilderness and which appears much as it did 100, or even 200 years ago. This weekend you can celebrate that wild setting during the park's annual "Wilderness Weekend."

Shenandoah National Park Getting A New Lodging Concessionaire

DNC Parks and Resorts, a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, has been selected by the National Park Service as the new concessionaire for Shenandoah National Park. DNC will operate Shenandoah’s lodging, food and beverage service, gift shops, and other commercial services under a 10-year contract.

Does Shenandoah Celebration Signal End Of CCC's "Greatest Generation?"

On September 29, National Public Lands Day, the National Parks will celebrate by waiving the entrance fees to all national parks. In addition, thousands of national park lovers will volunteer to protect the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Fall Color Forecast: High Expectations For Bright Foliage In Eastern National Parks

With autumn in the offing, the question for leaf lookers heading to Eastern national parks is—what’s the foliage forecast for fall 2012? Howard S. Neufeld has some good news for you—but the reasons why aren’t simple.

Geology Along Skyline Drive Will Stand In Stark Relief At September Event

National parks are important resources for researchers like Dr. Robert Badger, author of Geology Along Skyline Drive – A Self-guided Tour for Motorists. His program on the geology of the park will be the perfect opportunity to hear a scientist’s insight into the scenery of the Skyline Drive.

Help Your Essential Friends: Suggestions On Contributing To National Park Friends Groups

Throughout the summer we've been celebrating the work of national park friends groups. While the summer is coming to an end, their good work continues throughout the year. And with that in mind, they could use your support to fund that work. Here's a look back at some of the park system's "essential friends" and how you can support them.

Start Planning For The Shenandoah Scramble!

Take a hike and help out the Shenandoah National Park Trust. You can do that on September 22 when the annual Shenandoah Scramble takes off!

Fall Is The Best Time To Make Discoveries At The National Parks

If you’re in mood to travel, September and October are wonderful months to spend in the national parks. The crowds have departed, the animals are busy, and the fall color beckons. Now is the time park friends also host an array of workshops tailor-made for life-long learners.

Discriminating Explorer: Friends Groups Sample The Secrets Of The East’s Best National Parks

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It’s hard to argue that Acadia, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smokies, and Shenandoah don’t represent the cream of what the National Park Service offers in Eastern America. There are a lot of great experiences in these top East Coast national parks, but for the truly discriminating explorer, the friends groups for these parks have truly awesome best-kept-secret suggestions.

Take Some Insider Tips From The Shenandoah National Park Trust When You Head To Shenandoah National Park

Planning to visit Shenandoah National Park? Let the Shenandoah National Park Trust help you get the most from your visit with its insider tips.

The Shenandoah National Park Trust: A Solid Base For The Future

Shenandoah National Park is one of the crown jewels of the national park system. Its partner, Shenandoah National Park Trust, is dedicated to ensuring that it remains that way for generations to come.

Second Annual Friends of Shenandoah Day Set For July 28

Is Shenandoah National Park your favorite national park? If so, start planning to attend the Second Annual Friends of Shenandoah Day that's coming up at the end of the month.
Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, featured the Traveler's well-received Essential Friends magazine on his Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio show in late June. Listen to Peter's six-minute interview with the Traveler's Travel Editor Randy Johnson.
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