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September 12, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Features Water Quality on National Public Lands Day
Water quality will be the focus of the 24th National Public Lands Day volunteer event in Shenandoah National Park. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Shenandoah’s event will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the public.

September 07, 2017
Learn all about Monarch Butterflies at Shenandoah National Park
Monarch butterflies will be the focus of a special event held in Shenandoah National Park on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

August 31, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Wilderness
Shenandoah National Park will honor America’s Wilderness heritage during its 17th annual Wilderness Weekend, September 9 and 10, 2017. Celebrate Wilderness by participating in one of the many programs and evens happening throughout the Park!

August 07, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Hosts Night Sky Festival and Solar Eclipse Viewing
Luray, Virginia: Shenandoah National Park will celebrate the importance of dark skies and the beautiful night skies that Shenandoah protects with the second-annual Night Sky Festival from Friday, August 18 to Monday, August 21. Join Park Rangers, special speakers, and local volunteer astronomers during four exciting days of talks, walks, audio-visual presentations, and sky viewing throughout the Park. The event will culminate with a viewing of the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21.

August 06, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Selects Artist Duane Polcou for the August Artist-in-Residence Program
Luray, Virginia: Shenandoah National Park is pleased to announce the selection of Somerset, New Jersey-based artist Duane Polcou as the August Artist-in-Residence. Duane has been a black and white fine art photographer since 1985, working primarily in 4x5 film, and now digital as well. He specializes in natural landscapes and throughout his career has photographed the Adirondack Mountains, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Sierra Nevadas, Yosemite and the New Jersey coastline. 

August 03, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces Temporary Trail Closure during Helicopter Operations
Shenandoah National Park managers will temporarily close the area surrounding Corbin Cabin from 6:00 a.m. August 8 to 6:00 p.m. August 11 to all hiking and backcountry use during helicopter operations associated with the restoration of the historic cabin. Since the cabin is located in a remote area, a helicopter will be used to remove construction materials related to the project

July 04, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces Temporary Closure of Dark Hollow Falls Trail
The popular Dark Hollow Falls Trail in Shenandoah National Park will be temporarily closed while trail crews make improvements. Visitors may still access the falls via the Rose River Fire Road at mile 49.4 of Skyline Drive.

June 12, 2017
Renowned Outdoor Author Presents Family-friendly Program Series in Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah National Park Association, and Delaware North Company (DNC) are delighted to host special programs featuring outdoor recreation expert and award-winning author Jeff Alt, who will inspire families to enjoy and care for nature and the outdoors. Want your kids to enjoy hiking and the Great Outdoors? “Make it fun”, says Jeff, and he has lots of great advice on how some simple pieces of equipment and a few techniques can help make sure you and the kids have a great time outdoors. “It’s time to get off the couch and hit the trail with your kids.”

June 09, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces a Fee Free Day on June 17 in Honor of Park Neighbor Day
Shenandoah National Park will waive entrance fees for all park visitors on Saturday, June 17 in celebration of Park Neighbor Day, an annual event held on the third Saturday of June to honor our neighbors who live in the counties and gateway communities surrounding the Park.

June 02, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Selects Artist Kevin H. Adams for the June Artist-in-Residence Program
Shenandoah National Park is pleased to announce the selection of Washington, Virginia-based artist Kevin H. Adams as the June Artist-in-Residence. A former United States Marine Corps officer and combat artist, Kevin is a well-respected local artist who has previously been commissioned by Grand Canyon National Park and Glacier National Park. He also donated a painting to the Shenandoah National Park Trust for the Shenandoah National Park’s 75th Anniversary. “My hope is that my paintings will increase viewers’ awareness of the beauty and the value of protecting our natural resources”, said Mr. Adams.

May 23, 2017
Celebrate National Trails Day® at Shenandoah National Park
Celebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 3, 2017. In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

May 16, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces Temporary Closures During Helicopter Operations
Shenandoah National Park managers will temporarily close the area surrounding Corbin Cabin (see map for closure area) to all hiking and backcountry use during two phases of helicopter operations associated with the restoration of the historic cabin. Since the cabin is located in a remote area, a helicopter will be used to deliver and retrieve materials between the cabin and Stony Man Overlook (mile 38.6 Skyline Drive).

May 15, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Celebrates Kids to Parks Day
Shenandoah National Park will celebrate Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Activities will take place at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 Skyline Drive), Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) and the Big Meadows Amphitheater (mile 51). A full day of events is planned to get visitors up close and personal with nature.

May 05, 2017
Volunteers Invited to Join Shenandoah National Park in the Fight Against Invasive Plants
Do you want to help protect native plant and wildlife habitat in your National Parks? Participants will work with Park staff to pull and bag garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) from high traffic areas within the park. Garlic mustard is an aggressive non-native plant that displaces our native plant species. As it spreads, it takes the place of the plants that provide fruits, seeds, pollen, and forage for our wildlife, birds, and insects. Join us for one of the upcoming events and help make a difference in protecting Shenandoah's native habitat.

April 25, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Hosts 2017 Wildflower Weekend
Native spring wildflowers and children’s creativity will be celebrated during Shenandoah National Park's 31st annual Wildflower Weekend, May 6-7, 2017. Special hikes and programs will focus on the diversity and value of hundreds of species of flowering plants that are protected by the park. Visitors may also view the winning entries in the park’s annual “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest. The top-winning works will be exhibited at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) from May 6-13, and at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) from May 14-21. Winning artists will be recognized in a ceremony at noon Saturday, May 6, at Byrd Visitor Center.

April 14, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces 2017 Seminar Series
The Shenandoah National Park Association is sponsoring the 2017 Resource Seminars in Shenandoah National Park. These seminars provide participants with the opportunity to get to know their national park a little more personally through in-depth, hands-on experiences. This year there are seven seminars that feature Shenandoah National Park as a place for inspiration, recreation, and renewal.

April 03, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burn
Shenandoah National Park Fire Managers plan to burn 90 acres of Big Meadows sometime between April 4 and May 30, 2017, weather permitting. A portion of Big Meadows (milepost 51), the open area across from Byrd Visitor Center, is burned each year for the purpose of maintaining the open vista by preventing encroachment by trees and shrubs.

March 10, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces 2017 Spring Opening Dates
Facilities in Shenandoah National Park will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring.

March 01, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Announces Ride the Drive Car-Free Day in North District of Park
On April 23, 2017 Shenandoah National Park will open the north district of Skyline Drive to non-motorized vehicles only to celebrate National ParkRx Day and National Park Week. During this event, Skyline Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles from the Front Royal Entrance Station at mile 0 to the Thornton Gap Entrance Station at mile 31.5. The rest of Skyline Drive will remain open to all vehicles. In honor of National Park Week, April 22 and 23 are fee-free days and all entrance fees into the park are waived.

January 24, 2017
Shenandoah National Park Hosts Youth Art Contest for Wildflower Weekend
Children’s creativity will be highlighted during Shenandoah National Park's 31st annual Wildflower Weekend, May 6-7, 2017. The annual “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest will be held over that weekend, and artwork is being solicited now.

December 05, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Lifts Fire Ban
Shenandoah National Park officials are lifting a parkwide fire ban that was put in effect last month. Extremely dry conditions prompted the ban for the southern areas of the Park on November 16. The ban was extended parkwide on November 21.

November 28, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup Announces His Retirement
Jim Northup, superintendent of Shenandoah National Park and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, has announced that he will retire on January 2, 2017, after a 36-year career with the National Park Service

November 28, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Designated as a Center for Environmental Excellence
The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Virginia Association for Environmental Education (VAFE) recognized Shenandoah National Park as a Virginia Center for Environmental Education Excellence at the Virginia Environmental Education Conference, held in Williamsburg, VA, November 16-17, 2016. This designation is based on the Park’s dedication and effort in providing effective environmental education opportunities through programs, services, and curricula for a wide variety of participants.

November 21, 2016
Fire Restrictions Extended to Entire Park
Shenandoah National Park will extend fire restrictions to the entire area of the Park on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. Due to exceptionally dry conditions and the potential for extreme fire behavior, these restrictions will be in effect until the Park receives sufficient precipitation to lift fire restrictions.

November 17, 2016
Second Phase of Entrance Fee Increase
On January 1, 2017, Shenandoah National Park will implement the second phase of its plan to raise the entrance fees to the Park.

November 16, 2016
South District Fire Restrictions
Shenandoah National Park will begin fire restrictions in the South District of the park on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. Due to exceptionally dry conditions in this area of the park and the potential for extreme fire behavior, the restrictions will be in effect until the south end of the park receives sufficient precipitation.

November 01, 2016
Shenandoah National Park to Implement Night Closures of Skyline Drive During Hunting Season
Luray, Virginia – Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced today that portions of the Skyline Drive, the famed mountain road through Shenandoah National Park, will be closed at night during hunting season. He noted that this is the thirty-sixth year that this closure has been undertaken and stressed its importance in reducing illegal hunting activity within the Park during the Commonwealth of Virginia’s hunting season outside the park.

October 03, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Trust Research Grant Open for Applications
To facilitate and encourage scientific research in Shenandoah National Park, applications are being accepted for the Shenandoah National Park Trust research fellowship program. Funded by the Shenandoah National Park Trust, the grant supports field research in the physical, biological, ecological, social, and cultural sciences. The funding will support projects conducted in the park and help answer questions important to park managers. The grants are managed by Shenandoah National Park and up to $15,000 per grant will be awarded.

September 19, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Co-Hosts 83rd Civilian Conservation Corps Reunion-Keeping the Tradition Alive
Shenandoah National Park, along with the Barlow family of Stanley, Virginia, will be co-hosting the 83th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Alumni Reunion on September 24, 2016. The public is invited to meet with families and Alumni and hear first-hand about their experiences. Alumni reunion events will take place at the Big Meadows Lodge Massanutten Room (mile 51 Skyline Drive) beginning at 10:00 a.m. with remarks from park leadership.

September 19, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Features Monarch Butterflies and Milkweed on National Public Lands Day
Monarch butterflies and milkweed seeds will be the focus for the 23rd National Public Lands Day volunteer event in Shenandoah National Park. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This event will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51 on Skyline Drive. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. and is open to the public. Park entrance fees are waived on this special day.

September 12, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Dedicates Third TRACK Trails Activity Trail
Luray, Virginia: To encourage children and their families to get outdoors, Shenandoah National Park has again partnered with the Kids in Parks program to establish a third TRACK Trails location. This trail is located at the Fox Hollow trail. Supported with a grant from the Shenandoah National Park Trust, this new activity trail includes an introductory exhibit and new activity guide. The public is invited to attend an opening ceremony on Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. The trail dedication will take place at the Fox Hollow Trailhead at milepost 4.6 on Skyline Drive.

August 23, 2016
Shenandoah Celebrates the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service
Shenandoah National Park extends an invitation to join us in celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS) this week. As a birthday gift to everyone, the entrance fee to Shenandoah and all other national parks is waived from August 25 through August 28.

August 18, 2016
Shenandoah National Park Reopens Trails
The Snead Farm Fire Road and Snead Farm Loop Trail have been reopened to hikers, but remain closed to visitors with dogs.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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