Skyline Drive Status
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
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 »
National Trails Day
Shenandoah National Park Celebrates National Trails Day!
June 1, 2013
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.
Appalachian Trail Ramble: easy; 2 miles; leaves at 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Dark Hollow Falls: moderate; 1.4 miles; leaves at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Rose River-Dark Hollow Falls: advanced; 3.8 miles; leaves at 10:00 a.m.
Rapidan Camp: advanced; 4 miles; leaves at 9:45 a.m.
Did You Know?
From 1933 to 1942 an estimated 10,000 boys and young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs, and native plants in Shenandoah National Park. Many of these were grown in three CCC plant nurseries from seeds collected within the park. More...