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 »
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?
Skyline Drive rides the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park, and joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which connects Shenandoah to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC. More...