Skyline Drive Status
For the most current Skyline Drive Status, call 540-999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. Be prepared for winter driving conditions when the Drive is open! You can also use Facebook and Twitter for updates. More »
Night Closures of Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive will be closed at night (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) through January 5, 2014 to concentrate Ranger patrols in problem areas during hunting season. More »
EarthCaching in Shenandoah
John F. Mitchell
Welcome to Shenandoah’s EarthCache program! The EarthCache program is an opportunity to explore selected trails while learning some of the history and geology of the park. It is an educational experience that combines modern technology with an outdoor adventure. This family-friendly activity is appropriate and fun for all ages! EarthCaching can be done by individuals, families, and special groups alike. The self-guided pace and educational component allow visitors to discover and appreciate the beauty and history of their National Park!
What is “EarthCaching”?
Please note that placing traditional physical geocaches is not permitted in Shenandoah National Park.
EarthCaching is a great way to learn about nature. All EarthCaches have an educational component that involves reading the EarthCache notes about a location, then locating the feature using a GPS device. Instead of leaving or removing anything from the site, EarthCachers document their observations and answer questions as a learning experience, and then report their discoveries on the EarthCache website.
>>Click here to learn how to get started with your own EarthCaching adventures in Shenandoah!
Did You Know?
The most harmful exotic plants, animals and diseases in Shenandoah National Park include: chestnut blight, Dutch elm disease, dogwood anthracnose, gypsy moths, hemlock woolly adelgids, kudzu, mile-a-minute vine, Oriental bittersweet, and garlic mustard. More...