• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

General Resource Descriptions

Natural Resources: a bear, a mushroom, a wildfire, and a flowing stream.
 

The starting point for preservation of park resources is the development of an understanding of what natural resources are present in a park. Staff members at Shenandoah are in the process of gathering natural history information about the plants, animals, water, geologic, and soils found in the park. They also gather data about the air quality and climate of the park. As this information is developed, it is posted on the web. You can find this information in:

For detailed descriptions of individual plants and animals goto Species Profiles.

Did You Know?

A hiker is dwarfed by the huge, round, lichen-covered boulders of Old Rag Mountain.

The large rounded boulders on the top of Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park’s most popular peak, were formed in place by chemical and physical weathering, called spheroidal weathering.