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Contact: Sally Hurlbert, 540-999-3500 ext. 3300
Luray, Virginia: The Snead Farm Fire Road and Snead Farm Loop Trail have been reopened to hikers, but remain closed to visitors with dogs. These trails are located near the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 Skyline Drive) in the North District of the park (see Map).Because of recent incidents with bears and dogs the greater Dickey Ridge area remains closed to visitors with dogs (see Map, red rectangle), however, the open/mowed area immediately surrounding the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and restrooms (see Map, green oval) is open to dogs on a 6-foot leash.
During the closure period from August 4-18, 2016, park staff regularly patrolled the trails and monitored with remote trail cameras. No additional unusual bear behavior was documented on those trails during the closure period.