• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Wilderness 50th Anniversary Events

Wilderness 50th Anniversary Logo

It has been 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act of 1964. Join Shenandoah National Park to celebrate this pivotal environmental legislation. Shenandoah, along with the rest of the National Park Service and the other agencies that manage the National Wilderness Preservation System, will sponsor special events throughout the year. Come enjoy YOUR Wilderness!

 

Shenandoah's Wilderness

Shenandoah has 79,579 acres of Wilderness--that's 40% of the park! One of the largest Wilderness areas in the Eastern United States, Shenandoah's Wilderness offers opportunities for solitude, scenic views, wildlife sightings, and glimpses into the past. You can experience Shenandoah's Wilderness by hiking through it or looking into it from Skyline Drive. Congress designated Shenandoah's Wilderness in October 1976. 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 109 million acres of public land are protected in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Find out where to experience the Shenandoah Wilderness and see videos and photos of this special place.

 

Events

Wilderness Week

August 30 - September 7
Parkwide

Watch this space for details about special Anniversary activities.
 

Ranger Programs

Rose River Wilderness Hike
July 12, August 2, and August 30
10:00 a.m.
Explore the benefits of designation Wilderness on this hike through a part of Shenandoah's Wilderness. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at Fishers Gap Overlook (mile 49.3), 4 hrs, moderate, 4-mile hike.

Chimney Rock Hike
July 19, August 16
10:00 a.m.

Discover Shenandoah's Wilderness on this hike with great views and compelling geology. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Meet at Riprap parking area (mile 90), 3 hrs, moderate, 3.4-mile hike.

 
Seminars

Celebrating Wilderness Through Art - FULL

July 12, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51, Skyline Drive

Celebrate the wilderness found in Shenandoah National Park by joining two professional artists to learn fun and easy journaling and drawing exercises that will help you record your own nature and wilderness experiences. No previous art or nature writing experience is necessary. Art supplies and writing materials will be provided. The seminar is FREE with your paid park entrance fee but space is limited to 25 participants, ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar or for more information, contact the park’s Education Office by phone: 540-999-3500, ext. 3489, or by email: shen_education@nps.gov. (Click here to download more information.)


Celebrating Wilderness Through Photography- FULL

September 6, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

Join professional photographers Rob and Ann Simpson to learn skills that will help you capture your nature and wilderness experiences through photography. Participants will practice a variety of photography techniques including scenic, macro, and telephotography. Participants should bring their own camera equipment. Any type of camera, including point-and-shoot, are welcome. Tripods are recommended but not required. The seminar is FREE with your paid park entrance fee but space is limited to 25 participants, ages 12 and up. Pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar or for more information, contact the park's Education Office by phone: 540-999-3500, ext. 3489, or by email: shen_education@nps.gov. (Click here to download more information.)

Did You Know?

The scarlet tanager has bright red feathers and black wings and tail during mating season. Its color changes to olive during the winter.

Most of the Shenandoah National Park’s 200 bird species are heard rather than seen, due to the dense canopy of leaves. More...