Shenandoah National Park

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

Cataloochee Valley Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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.

Final Fire Report Issued As 85% Containment Reached For Shenandoah Neighbor Mountain Fire

Current Fire Map
Shenandoah National Parks Neightbor Mountain Fire, reported as about 200 acres big a few days ago, is now estimated to be nearly 1,115 acres. The fire is 20% contained with a new report from the park offering, “no estimated date of containment.”

Virginians Offered Incentive To Cool Off In Shenandoah National Park

As an enticement to get folks back into the mountains after recent storms tour through the mid-Atlantic states, the lodging concessionaire at Shenandoah National Park is offering a $25 voucher for folks who book a room there.

Wildlife Viewing: A Summertime Strong Suit of Southern Applachian National Parks

salamander on Grandfather Mountain
Any of these three parks is a great place to meet the Southern Mountains—but a visit to each or all is an even better way to meet the diverse and distinctive resident wildlife that populates the dense forests of the Southern Appalachians.

Neighbor Mountain Fire Forces Trail Closures in Shenandoah National Park's North District

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The Neighbor Mountain Fire in the north district of Shenandoah National Park has grown to approximately 200 acres forcing trail closures.

Energy Department, National Park Service Team Up To Launch Alternative Fuel Vehicles

In a move to help the National Park System become more fuel efficient, the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Energy are partnering to bring alternative fuel vehicles to the parks.

A View From The Overlook: Oh, Shenandoah!

The wonders of Shenandoah National Park include its "Creation" story.

Essential Friends: Ensuring Excellence In The National Parks

As lovers of national parks look forward to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service—guardian of ”America’s Best Idea”—there has never been a better time to profile the rise and role of what may be our “Second Best Idea”—the friends groups, trusts, and foundations that support those parks.

Where The Wild Things Are: Untamed Americas

Where are the wild things? For those who call a metropolitan area home, and seldom leave its concrete and steel confines, that might be a reasonable question. National Geographic has the answers for you in a two-night series, Untamed Americas, that debuts this Sunday and Monday nights.
Your Guide to the National Parks: The Complete Guide to all 58 National Parks Coming soon to book dealers is a hefty new guide to the national parks -- the 58 "national parks" -- that strives to go a step further than the texts offered by publishers such as Fodor's, Frommers, and Falcon Guides.
Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges Just in time for Mother's Day, as well as Father's Day, is the 7th edition of The Complete Guide To The National Park Lodges. Along with updates in the rundown on park lodges is the insertion of full-color images from lodges and settings in the national parks.

Cooking In The Parks: Chicken Pot Pie At Shenandoah National Park

Got a hankering for the chicken pot pie they serve in Shenandoah National Park, but can't get there this year? Here's the recipe so you can make it at home.

Spring In the National Parks: Where Can You Find Wildflowers?

Spring is showing up in more and more corners of the country, which means it's a perfect time to check out what's blooming in the National Park System. Here's a quick list of some reliable sites to catch wildflowers in the weeks ahead.

Skyland Resort in Shenandoah National Park Welcomes Spring With Cooking Demonstrations

While the fall leaf-peeping season is one of the most popular times to be in Shenandoah National Park, spring with its season of renewal is a close second. And to celebrate it, the executive chef of the Skyland Resort is returning with its series of culinary demonstrations.

Appalachian Spring: The Video

The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, is a prime venue to a secret season—the explosive beauty and bounty of Appalachian Spring.

Discriminating Explorer: Appalachian Spring

The Blue Ridge Parkway, between Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks, is a prime venue to a secret season—the explosive beauty and bounty of Appalachian Spring.

As Time Nears To Hit The Appalachian Trail, Some Stats For Thru-Hikers To Keep in Mind

With an eye on the prize, this year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers are getting ready to hit the trail. With that in mind, here are some stats, courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to help them stay focused.

Winter Trails: Not A Bad Time To Consider A Hike Up Stony Man In Shenandoah National Park

Winter can be a great time to hike up Little Stony Man and to the summit of Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park.

Traveler's View: Republican Presidential Contenders' Dim View of Federal Lands Is Short-Sighted

Though national parks, per se, haven't come up during any of the debates among the Republican presidential candidates, their statements on federal lands in general look down upon the public landscape.

Shenandoah National Park Tempts the Winter Weary with Spring Opening Dates

A deer observes the photographer in early spring.
Spring opening dates have been set for visitor facilities at Shenandoah National Park.

Find Yourself in Shenandoah National Park

With nearly 400 units of the National Park System, one probably is close enough for you to visit in a day. But how should you organize those visits? Karen Beck-Herzog, the management assistant at Shenandoah National Park, put together the following primer for exploring her park.

Shenandoah National Park Taking Offers For 10-Year Lodging, Retail Concessions Contracts

Might there be a new concessions company running the lodgings and retail outlets at Shenandoah National Park? Stay tuned, as the Park Service recently released a prospectus soliciting proposals for a 10-year concession contract for the park.
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