Construction to Begin in Panorama Area
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright announced the impending removal of buildings in the Panorama area of the park. Buildings to be removed include the Panorama Building, formerly a restaurant and gift shop, and the Backcountry Camping Permit station. Following the removal, a new water system will be installed and new modern restroom facilities will be constructed in the upper lot.
For the safety of park visitors, the park will temporarily close the Marys Rock – Appalachian Trail trailhead and both the upper and lower parking areas at Panorama while construction work is occurring. The Panorama area is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 211 and Skyline Drive. Park visitors should expect the closures to take effect soon after the Memorial Day holiday.
For visitors wishing to obtain a backcountry camping permit, permits will be available for at the Thornton Gap entrance station at the Skyline Drive access road on the north side of US Route 211. Backcountry camping permits are also available at 10 other locations throughout the park and are listed on the back of the Exploring the Backcountry Brochure available at entrance stations and visitor centers.
Access to the Appalachian Trail and Marys Rock from the Panorama trailhead will be temporarily closed for the duration of construction work. Alterative day hikes in the area are listed below.
Alternative day hikes: If you liked Mary Rock you’ll enjoy the following:
For more information about these and similar hikes in Shenandoah National Park, pick up the booklet Hikes to Peaks and Vistas at any park visitor center.
Did You Know?
Skyline Drive, the only public road through Shenandoah National Park, rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through the park, then joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC.