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Backcountry - Map Information


Planning resources (maps and guidebooks): The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) publishes three topographic maps ($8 each) which cover Shenandoah National Park. If you only want to buy one, consider map # 11 (South District) if you prefer solitude, or either #9 or #10 if you prefer busier trails, some of which include waterfalls over 70'. If you plan to hike more than 100 miles total, or plan to hike the Appalachian Trail including side trails, plan on buying more than one map. The PATC guidebook ($12) is very helpful for planning specific mileages and finding boundary trailheads, as well as providing general information on every trail in the park. There is also a packet that includes all three PATC topographic maps and the PATC guidebook, and it sells for $29. These materials, as well as other trail guides, are available from:

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Did You Know?

The CCC Camp at Skyland (NP-1) was the first Civilian Conservation Camp in the National Park Service.

The first Civilian Conservation Corps camp in a national park was Shenandoah National Park’s NP-1 established near Skyland in May 1933. The second National Park Service camp was also in Shenandoah National Park, camp NP-2 at Big Meadows. More...