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    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring Opening Dates

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Date: March 24, 2009

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Martha Bogle announced that facilities closed during the winter season will begin opening at the end of this week and will continue to open through out the spring.

Visitor Centers will be operated as follows: Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will open on April 3; Dickey Ridge Visitor Center will open April 9; Loft Mountain Information Center will open on May 23, operating weekends and holidays only.

Campgrounds will operate on the following schedule: Big Meadows Campgrounds will open on March 27; Lewis Mountain Campground will open on April 10; Loft Mountain and Mathews Arm Campgrounds open on May 15.

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 27; Dickey Ridge and Lewis Mountain Picnic Grounds will open April 10.   

Concessioner-operated restaurants, lodges and associated facilities will operate as follows: Big Meadows Wayside and Big Meadows Shower/Laundry will open March 27; Skyland Resort will open on April 2; Elkwallow Wayside will open on April 9; Lewis Mountain Cabins and Lewis Mountain Campstore will open on April 10; and Loft Mountain Wayside will open on April 23; Loft Mountain Campstore and Loft Mountain Shower and Laundry will open on May 15; Big Meadows Lodge will open May 22.

Did You Know?

Water stands in a pit, called an Opferkessel, in a boulder on Old Rag Mountain.

The small circular pits (Opferkessels) often found in the rocks of Shenandoah National Park’s cliffs and summits are formed by standing water.