Shenandoah National Park

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.

Check Out Photographic Exhibition Celebrating Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park displays so many different moods throughout the year, that it's hard to capture them all. A photographic exhibition that opens Thursday in Orange, Virginia, promises to display many of the park's moods.

Winter: A “Secret Season” in the South’s Loftiest National Parks

When the snow closure signs go up on portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, and the Great Smoky Mountains, cross country skiers and snowshoers are often seen striding and stomping into a winter wonderland.

NPCA Report Paints Somber Portrait Of An Underfunded National Park Service

America is abundantly rich in the "natural assets" found within the National Park System, but inadequate funding by Congress is threatening the core health of that system, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

Four Men Given Jail Time For Digging Up Gingseng In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Jail terms ranging from 15 days to 120 days were handed to four men convicted of digging ginseng in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Colors Peaking In The National Parks Across The Country

With mid-October practically here, the fall colors are really starting to put on their best in many national parks, places like Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, Olympic, and Acadia.

Reader Participation Day: Where Do You Go To See Fall Colors In The National Parks...And To Flee the Crowds?

It's easy to name colorful parks come fall. Acadia National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Shenandoah National Park are just three. But where do you go to see spectacular fall colors...without the crowds?

It's That Time Again. Shenandoah National Park Sets Facility Closing Dates

Yes, the weather is gorgeous, and the fall colors haven't yet peaked, but the folks at Shenandoah National Park are glancing at the calendar and will be closing some facilities in the not too distant future.

Celebrating Wilderness In Shenandoah National Park

Thirty-five years ago Shenandoah National Park was bestowed with official wilderness by the Congress. That anniversary will be marked October 15-16 by the park and its partners.

Crisp September Weather Brings Crisp Apples, Along with History, To the National Parks

Finally, the most-anticipated month for visiting national parks has arrived. That's right, September, the month when apples ripen and are ready for picking. From Pennsylvania to Utah and on west to California, the desire to bite into a nice crisp apple, or pick a bag or bushel for pies and sauce, are luring visitors to parks.

Visit Your Park: Glacier Bay and Shenandoah National Parks Now in the Archives

If you haven't been checking the Visit Your Park section recently, know that two more parks have been added to the archives: Glacier Bay National Park and Shenandoah National Park.
Trains of Discovery: Railroads and the Legacy of Our National Parks For years I've been searching for railroad memorabilia tied to the national parks: Posters, luggage stickers, calendars, even timetables from the Northern Pacific, Great Northern Railway, Southern Pacific, Union Pacific.

Concessionaire Teams Up With National Park Foundation To Offer End-of-Summer Trips

Trying to figure out how to squeeze in one more national park fix before summer ends? Well, the National Park Foundation and ARAMARK Parks and Destinations are closing out the summer with a “National Park Adventure Sweepstakes” that offers one giveaway each week now through Labor Day.

Shenandoah National Park

Come fall and Shenandoah National Park puts on some of its best colors. Photo copyright QT Luong, www.terragalleria.com/parks

Though worn and rumpled by the passage of time, a gentler, more rounded visage of the towering range of mountains they were in their youth, the Blue Ridge Mountains that shoulder Shenandoah National Park are no less worthy of inspection.

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New Stamp For Your Collection: It Commemorates Shenandoah National Park's 75th Birthday

You'll soon be able to spread the word of Shenandoah National Park's birthday thanks to the U.S. Postal Service, which is issuing a commemorative stamp to mark the occasion.

With Summer Arriving Tomorrow, Don't Find Yourself In National Park Search-and-Rescue Reports

With summer officially getting under way tomorrow, more and more folks will be heading out to the national parks for some summer fun. Just be sure to be careful out there so you don't find yourself added to a search-and-rescue report as these folks were.

Mark Your Calendar: Rededication of Shenandoah National Park Set For June 25

Looking for a birthday party to attend? Plan now to attend the June 25 rededication of Shenandoah National Park, which turned 75 this year.

Mark Father's Day Weekend With Free Visit To Shenandoah National Park (Locals Only)

To show their appreciation for the locals, officials at Shenandoah National Park will waive entrance fees this Saturday, June 18, for residents in counties surrounding the Virginia park.

"Hiking With Children" Seminar In Shenandoah National Park This Weekend

A two-hour seminar is scheduled for Saturday in Shenandoah National Park for parents who want to teach their kids all about hiking, but are just a little leery they might not be able to keep their kids focused.

75 Ways To Help Celebrate Shenandoah National Park's 75th Birthday

With spring sprouting across the mountains that hold up Shenandoah National Park, officials are rolling out a game to help educate visitors to the park's 75th birthday.

Construction Making It Tough To Drive The Blue Ridge Parkway This Summer

Cruising the Blue Ridge Parkway end-to-end won't be easy this summer due to construction involving 28 miles of the handsome stone guardwalls that line the route.

Save Money On Your Next Visit To More than 100 Units of the National Park System

Interested in saving some money while enjoying the national parks? Click over to Eastern National from the Traveler and you can save 10 percent on your entire purchase of maps, guidebooks, and other interpretive materials.

Summer Special: Windshield Touring in the Eastern Parks

The National Park System is renowned for scenic drives. These traverses, loops, and shuttles in the eastern parks deserve a place on your windshield touring short list.
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