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Shenandoah National Park Announces Opening Dates 2012

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Date: February 14, 2012

 Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Martha Bogle announced that facilities closed during the winter season will begin opening in March and will continue to open throughout the spring.

Visitor Centers will be operated as follows: Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will open March 30; Dickey Ridge Visitor Center will open on April 6; Loft Mountain Information Center will be closed.

Campgrounds will operate on the following schedule: Big Meadows Campground will open on March 30; Lewis Mountain Campground will open on April 6; Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain Campgrounds will open on May 11.

Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds are currently open. The remaining picnic grounds will operate as follows: Big Meadows Picnic Grounds will open March 30; Dickey Ridge and Lewis Mountain Picnic Grounds will open on April 6.

Concessioner-operated restaurants, lodges and associated facilities will operate as follows: Big Meadows Wayside will open March 23; Skyland Resort will open on March 29; Big Meadows Shower/Laundry will open on March 30; Lewis Mountain Cabins and Lewis Mountain Campstore will open on April 6; Elkwallow Wayside will open on April 20; Loft Mountain Wayside will open on April 27; Loft Mountain Campstore and Loft Mountain Shower/Laundry will open on May 11; Big Meadows Lodge will open on May 16.

Did You Know?

The green sharply serrated leaves of chestnut shoots can be found throughout the park.

American chestnut trees, whose trunks were killed off by a fungus blight long ago, still send up shoots that you can see along many of Shenandoah National Park’s trails.