Wilderness Weekend 2006
Contact: Laura Buchheit, 540-999-3489
Shenandoah National Park will honor America’s wilderness heritage during the 6th annual Wilderness Weekend,
This year commemorates the 30th anniversary of Shenandoah’s wilderness designation. Celebrate wilderness and enjoy fall foliage by viewing Shenandoah’s wilderness from Skyline Drive, hiking a wilderness trail, joining a ranger program, or stopping by a visitor center.
Special events - Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive.
Commemorative Wilderness Weekend passport book ink stamps will be available at both Byrd Visitor Center and Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6).
Shenandoah’s wilderness was designated by Congress in October 1976. Forty percent of the park, almost 80,000 acres, is wilderness and represents one of the largest wilderness areas in the eastern United States. Areas preserved as wilderness provide sanctuaries for human recreation, habitat for wildlife, sites for research, and reservoirs for clean, free-flowing water. Wilderness areas have been designated on public land across the United States. Today more than 106 million acres of public land are protected in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
For more information on Wilderness Weekend, contact Shenandoah National Park’s Education Office at 540-999-3489.
Did You Know?
In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.