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Bear Incident Closes Shenandoah National Park Camps

3 July 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News


The Shenandoah National Park has closed some of its campsites after a bear incident.

In a Sunday (6/30/2019) release, the national park warned campers that a bear had recently tried to obtain a backpack that was inside a tent in a camping site at the Blackrock Shelter. The shelter is located off of the Appalachian Trail between the Blackrock Summit Parking Area and Blackrock Gap, which are at mile 84.8 and 87 on Skyline Drive. Because of this incident, Shenandoah National Park has temporarily closed the eight designated campsites surrounding the shelter to overnight camping until July 11, 2019, to minimize the potential for human-bear conflicts. Appalachian Trail hikers will be able to camp at Dundo, near the group camping sites.

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