Bears in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia are getting bold, travelers, and park officials have had to close some trails because of it.
Shenandoah National Park
For two days last October, Subaru of America and National Geographic teamed up to film Find Your Park commercials along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, a 48-hour episode during the park's peak foliage season that critics are branding as corporate panhandling in the National Park System.
Beginning May 16, Shenandoah National Park will close a portion of Skyline Drive between the gate near Panorama Comfort Station (mile 31.7, just south of the Thornton Gap Entrance Station) and Hazel Mountain Overlook (mile 33.0) to do necessary maintenance and repairs to Marys Rock Tunnel.
Deteriorating weather conditions slowed the search in Shenandoah National Park for an 80-year-old Virginian missing since Saturday evening.
The entire 105 miles of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park was to reopen Friday evening as rains have knocked down the Rocky MTN Fire, officials said. However, a short stretch of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail remained closed.
Rainy, humid weather has greatly helped knock down the Rocky MTN Fire in Shenandoah National Park, where crews have managed to contain roughly 90 percent of the fire that has burned nearly 10,400 acres.
Blooming wildflowers are a sure sign of spring, and Shenandoah National Park will celebrate with hikes, programs, workshops, and art displays during its 30th annual Wildflower Weekend.
Few, if any, folks like to see wildfires in national parks. But there is an upside to wildfires, as Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup pointed out earlier this week while discussing the Rocky MTN Fire.
Progress continued Monday to be made on knocking down the Rocky MTN Fire at Shenandoah National Park, with containment lines stretching around 60 percent of the fire. Just the same, the park's superintendent felt it necessary to explain the Park Service's approach to battling the blaze.
Cooler weather with higher humidity both slowed the growth of the Rocky MTN Fire in Shenandoah National Park and allowed crews to extend containment lines to 43 percent of the fire, though a return to warmer, drier weather next week could create favorable burning conditions.