National Trails Day

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National Trails Day

What is it?
Shenandoah National Park and the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club celebrate National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June. New hikers and experienced backpackers alike are invited to learn new trail skills and practice old ones at PATC Trail Patrol's "Beyond the Trailhead" event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm. Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

The National Trails Day® event is designed to give novice hikers the information they need to leave their cars behind and venture beyond the trailhead to enjoy Shenandoah National Park's numerous hiking trails. Experienced hikers can discuss new ideas with PATC members at displays on Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and wilderness first aid techniques. Everyone can participate in a hands-on demonstration of the traditional tools used to maintain trails in wilderness, such as crosscut saws, provided by the Shenandoah National Park trail crew throughout the day.

A variety of hikes guided by experienced Trail Patrol members will be offered for people of all ages and experience levels: hikes suitable for families with children as well as easy, moderate, and advanced hikes for adults. Hikers will need to meet at the registration table at Byrd Visitor Center 15 minutes before the hike time to sign in. Hikers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the season, and bring food and plenty of water for all hikes and a trail lunch for the advanced hikes.

The following hikes will meet at Byrd Visitor Center. Vehicle shuttles may be involved.




Start Time

Story of the Forest Trail


1.8 miles

10:00 a.m.

Appalachian Trail Ramble


2.0 miles

10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Dark Hollow Falls Hike


2.0 miles

9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Rose River-Dark Hollow Falls


4.0 miles

10:00 a.m.

Rapidan Camp National Historic Landmark


4.0 miles

9:45 a.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged but you may also register on June 4 at Byrd Visitor Center. To pre-register, send an email to Please include your name and which hike you wish to join.

When is it?
June 4, 2016

Where is it?
Byrd Visitor Center and Area Trails

How much does it cost?
Free with park entry fee

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500
Use this phone number to contact us for all of your park inquiries!

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