Skyline Drive Status
Winter Weather is in the forecast so please check before coming. For the most current Skyline Drive Status, call 540-999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. You can also use Facebook and Twitter for updates. More »
Night Closures of Skyline Drive
Portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) during hunting season. Starting November 11 the north and south sections will be closed at night. The entire Drive will be closed at night starting December 9. More »
Search Enters Day Five for Missing Man in Shenandoah National Park
The search continues today for Christopher David Beach, a 40 year old Fredericksburg area man who has been missing since October 28, 2007. Operations continue to center on the Route 211 corridor in the park. However, it is still possible that he may have exited the park.
The search began after 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, when the park received a report from Beach’s fiancé saying that he was despondent and had walked off into the woods near Panorama.
Christopher Beach is described as a Caucasian male, with short sandy-brown hair, 5’ 11”tall and weighs approximately 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a yellow T-shirt.
About 40 employees and volunteers, including ground searchers and dog teams, are currently involved in the search. National Park Service personnel are being assisted by Appalachian Search and Rescue, Piedmont Search and Rescue, Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group, the Page and Spotsylvania County Sheriffs’ Departments, Dogs East Search and Rescue, Blue and Grey Search and Rescue Dogs, Virginia Search and Rescue Dogs Association (VSRDA), and Public Safety Dogs Inc. Virginia State Police will join the search efforts tomorrow.Anyone with any information about Christopher Beach is asked to call 1-800-732-0911.
Did You Know?
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