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National Trails Day

The Appalachian Trails meanders through grass and the forest in Shenandoah National Park.
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Shenandoah National Park Celebrates National Trails Day!

June 7, 2014

Shenandoah National Park and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club celebrates National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. New hikers and experienced backpackers alike are invited to learn new trail skills and practice old ones at the "Beyond the Trailhead" event at the Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. Come participate in hikes, demonstrations, and presentations throughout the day.

A variety of hikes guided by experienced Trail Patrol members will be offered for people of all ages and experience levels--hikes suitable for families with children and easy, moderate, and advanced hikes for adults. Hikers should arrive at Byrd Visitor Center 15 minutes before the hike time. Be sure to wear footwear and clothing as appropriate for the hike, and bring plenty of water.


Watch this space for details about special activities that celebrate National Trails Day.


Did You Know?

The Shenandoah salamander is long and slender with two color phases: all dark or with a narrow red stripe.(

Shenandoah National Park is the only known location in the world of the Shenandoah Salamander. More...