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


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2007 Spring Opening Dates

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Date: March 5, 2007
Contact: Karen Beck-Herzog, 540-999-3300

Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring Opening Dates

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright announced that facilities closed during the winter season will begin opening March 3 and will continue to open through the spring.

Concessioner-operated restaurants, lodges and associated facilities will operate as follows: Big Meadows Wayside will be open on March 3 and 4, March 10 and 11, March 17 and 18 and will open seven days a week on March 23: Big Meadows Shower/Laundry will open on March 23; Skyland Resort will open on March 30; Elkwallow Wayside and Big Meadows Lodge will open on April 5; Lewis Mountain Cabins and Lewis Mountain Campstore will open on April 13; Loft Mountain Wayside will open on May 4; Loft Mountain Campstore and Loft Mountain Shower and Laundry will open on May 18.

Pinnacles Picnic Ground is currently open. The remaining picnic grounds will operate as follows: Dickey Ridge Picnic Ground will open April 6; Big Meadows Picnic Ground will open March 23; Lewis Mountain Picnic Ground will open April 13;  Loft Mountain Picnic Ground will be closed for the season. Elkwallow and South River Picnic Grounds remain closed at this time due to storm damage from a November ice storm. Park crews will continue working to clear downed trees and limbs.

Campgrounds will operate on the following schedule: Big Meadows Campground will open on March 23; Dundo Group Campground will open on April 13; Lewis Mountain Campground will open on April 13; Loft Mountain Campground will open on May 18; and Mathews Arm Campground will open on May 25.

Visitor Centers will be operated as follows: Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will open on March 31; Dickey Ridge Visitor Center will open April 6, Thursday through Monday then daily beginning Memorial Day Weekend.

For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park continue to explore the website or call the park for recorded messages at 540-999-3500.

Did You Know?

A closeup of a mountain laurel blossom along Shenandoah's Skyline Drive.

Although it’s native to these mountains, much of the beautiful mountain laurel you see blooming along Skyline Drive in June was planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.