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Ice Storm Closes Portions of Skyline Drive

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Date: November 27, 2006
Contact: 540-999-3500

Downed tree branches from a recent ice storm lay in front of historic Skyland cabins
Shenandoah National Park has implemented closures of the Skyline Drive due to extensive damage caused by an ice storm which occurred in late November. Treetops and branches snapped under the weight of accumulated ice. Many miles of Skyline Drive and trails are blocked with fallen trees and branches, with hazardous limbs hanging overhead.

Crews have been working to clear Skyline Drive and hiking trails. Downed trees remain on Skyline Drive, and in many trails and in picnic areas and campgrounds. 

Call 540-999-3500 for the most current information and updates regarding the status of the park.

For Skyline Drive status, click here...

 

Hikers:

  • Beware of hanging branches and treetops. Look up as you hike or stop to rest.
  • Watch the trail for fallen branches.
  • Do not try to pull down broken limbs that are still attached or caught in other trees.
  • Avoid camping near damaged trees. Look up before you set up, when backcountry camping.
  • Plan your hike. Hiking will take longer than normal. Be prepared to turn back.

Road conditions change daily. Park visitors are encouraged to call 540-999-3500 for additional information and updates regarding the status of the park.

 
 

Did You Know?

o	The leathery grape fern, one of the rare plants in Big Meadows, has a fertile frond bearing small grapelike clusters of spore cases.

Shenandoah National Park has 431 rare plant populations representing 66 rare plant species. The highest concentration of these is in the park’s Big Meadows area