From time to time, circumstances may necessitate the closing of trails or other actions to ensure visitor and resource safety. As part of your planning, visit this page to get special alerts and information. If you are a frequent visitor, you may want to bookmark this page.
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Temporary Relocation of a Portion of the A.T.
About one mile of the A.T. has been temporarily relocated in the south district of the park due to construction in a power line right-of-way (see map). Starting approximately 1/4 mile north of the Calf Mountain Shelter Trail, the detour crosses the right-of-way and follows private roads (Woods Gap and Jarman Gap Roads) until it rejoins the A.T. on Jarman Gap Road. There are signs marking the detour in several places along its length. Hikers are urged to stay on the detour as a portion of it crosses private property. Hikers may be delayed for up to 15 minutes at both boundaries of the right-of-way corridor for safety reasons during construction activities. The detour is expected to be in place until May of 2019.
NOVEMBER 2018 ICE STORM
Many of you have been asking about the south district (mile 65.5 to mile 105, Swift Run Gap to Afton). This area was the hardest hit by last week’s ice storm. Crews have been working steadily, but it is slow going and the additional rain and fog are hindering efforts. As of today, crews have cut approximately 700 trees between miles 65 and 80, and an additional 200 between miles 102 and 105. They have not yet been able to get to the remaining portion, so estimates of how much longer the cleanup will take are difficult. Initial estimates indicate 100 down trees per mile. Once the road is cleared of down trees, crews will still need to assess overhanging limbs and chip trees that have been dragged to the shoulder.
Safety is, of course, our number one consideration. We appreciate the offers of help, but hope you understand that we must use trained and certified sawyers. We will continue to keep you posted on our progress. In the meantime, please use caution in the Park. Colder temperatures are forecast so trails may be icy. Traction coils are highly recommended, and we urge you to avoid rocky areas. Be on the lookout for hanging limbs that may come down. Volunteers with our partner, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club are working on trails, but with the magnitude of this storm, many may still be blocked or hazardous. Please use extra caution and be prepared to turn back.
Storm Conditions and High Water Levels (9-17-2018)
Exercise extreme caution at the boundary access to Whiteoak Canyon. The water crossing has become treacherous due to excessive rain.
Water levels throughout the Park are higher than normal. Be cautious around streams and waterfalls. Ground saturation with additional rain and winds can cause trees to fall. If you choose to hike in the Park, be vigilant about your surroundings and keep safety first.
Beldor Fire Road/Horse Trail (7-25-2018)
A section of the Beldor Fire Road/Horse Trail has washed out and is impassable for horses. This gated hiking and horse trail is west of mile 73 in the South District.
WHITEOAK AND OLD RAG BOUNDARY ACCESS
Parking at the Whiteoak boundary trailhead is very limited. The upper lot is closed because the bridge has flood damage. Please plan accordingly as you may not find a parking space on busy weekends and holidays. Whiteoak Canyon and Old Rag can be accessed from the Park's boundary off Route 600. At each of these boundary trail accesses there are Shenandoah National Park-managed parking lots (for about 90 vehicles at Whiteoak and about 265 at Old Rag). Parking in these lots is free.You are required to purchase an entrance permit. Landowners with property adjacent to the Park are charging a fee for parking on their property near both of these areas. Paying a private citizen to park does not affect the entrance fee. Be sure to check the Shenandoah lot for availability before paying to park.
Jeremys Run Trail Boundary Access (October 31, 2017)
The boundary access to Jeremy's Run Trail across private property at State Route 611 is temporarily closed by the landowner. The park trail remains open. We ask that visitors respect the landowner's wishes and avoid this private property until further notice. The park is actively working to resolve the access situation.
Boil Water at South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds (1-18-17)
The water supplies at South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, infants, young children, and older adults are at increased risk of illness.
Do not drink the water without boiling it first! Bring water to a boil for one minute. Boiled water should be used for drinking, cooking or any food preparation, handwashing, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.
BOUNDARY ACCESS ALERT-SUGAR HOLLOW ACCESS TO MOORMANS RIVER: OFF-PARK ROAD CLOSED AND REDUCED PARKING NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE RESERVOIR
Virginia VDOT recently closed a section of Route 614 to vehicles due to a road washout. This closure prohibits vehicle access to the road past the Charlottesville Reservoir parking area (outside the Park's boundary) used by hikers and horse enthusiasts to reach the North and South Forks of Moormans River in Shenandoah. The vehicle restriction does not prohibit hikers or horses from using the corridor up to the Park boundary. Please note that no overnight parking is allowed at the reservoir. In addition, if there are vehicles parked there during the day, there my not be space to turn around with a horse trailer.
TRAIL IMPACTS DUE TO FRAGILE VEGETATION
In order to better protect the fragile plants that live on some of Shenandoah's rock outcrops, the park has implemented some very limited closures. Small areas of Little Stony Man, Hawksbill, and Old Rag are closed to public access. Areas on Old Rag, Little Stony Man, Hawksbill, Old Rag, Mary's Rock, Mount Marshall, and Overall Run are closed to backcountry camping. If you planning a hiking trip and/or a backcountry overnight trip to one of those areas, please check the following closure information:
Use caution when hiking or backcountry camping. Be sure to look up when choosing a campsite and be aware of hanging snags that may fall.
POCOSIN HOLLOW AREA (8-25-11)
(at park boundary)
Hikers entering the Pocosin Hollow area from the boundary (Greene County) are encouraged to use Virginia Route 643 and the Entry Run Trail to access Pocosin area trails. Parking is very limited and access to the park in this area is through private property, so please stay on the trail.
The recommended access to Pocosin area trails is via Skyline Drive from the parking area at mile 59.5.