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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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Map of the closure area
CORBIN CABIN (August 4, 2017)
The area surrounding Corbin Cabin (see closure map, red rectangle) will be closed from 6:00 a.m. August 8 through 6:00 p.m. August 11. The closure area is located southeast of Skyline Drive (mileposts 37 and 38) in the vicinity of the upper Nicholson Hollow/ Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail. Trails closed include all of the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail and the Nicholson Hollow Trail from the intersection of the Indian Run Trail eastward to 1/4 mile east of the Corbin Cabin. There will be no closures on Skyline Drive or the Appalachian Trail.

For more information on the work being done, please see below.
 
area map with closure marked

CORBIN CABIN AREA (May 17, 2017)
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).

Phase 1 of the temporary closure will be in effect from 6:00 a.m. May 25 to 8:00 p.m. May 26. If the project is delayed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, another temporary closure will be put into effect from 6:00 a.m. May 30 to 8:00 p.m. June 2 unless otherwise announced. The closure area extends southeast from Skyline Drive to the south slopes of Thoroughfare Mountain (see map, red rectangle). The following trails will be closed: Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail, Indian Run Trail, and Nicholson Hollow Trail (from Skyline Drive to the intersection with Hannah Run Trail). Additionally, vehicle traffic on Skyline Drive (between mile 38 and 39) and foot traffic on the Appalachian Trail (in the Stony Man Overlook area) will be stopped intermittently (for 10-15 minute intervals) while the helicopter passes over these areas to load and unload materials.

Similar closures will be put into effect during Phase 2 of the project in late June. The dates of the Phase 2 closure are to be determined.

More information.

 
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.
 
WHITEOAK AND OLD RAG BOUNDARY ACCESS
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.
 
ROCKY MTN FIRE 2016 (April 19, 2016, latest update May 4)
All closures associated with this fire have been lifted.

Backcountry Camping Advisory for Areas burned by Rocky Mtn. (South District) Fire
Backountry camping in the burned-over area is permitted but requires special caution. Burned areas may result in fire-damaged trees, hanging limbs,unsure footing, and in some places charred material and ash. Although camping in designated Wilderness areas routinely involves some risk, please take extra effort in scouting potential campsites for new hazards created by the fire. Also be sure to follow routine park requirements in determining where to camp.

The burned area is the entire section North of the Big Run Portal Trail and Eppert Hollow, West of Skyline Drive and South of Gap Run Watershed/Beldor Fire Road.
 

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 maps for new closures.

Printable maps with closures:

Little Stony Man

Hawksbill

Old Rag

Mary's Rock

Mount Marshall

Overall Run
 

PARKWIDE (8-28-14)
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.

Last updated: August 4, 2017

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Luray, VA 22835

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