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Corbin Cabin Restoration Causes Park Closures

9 August 2017 News

Shenandoah National Park managers have temporarily closed part of the park. Areas surrounding Corbin Cabin is closed to all hiking and because 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.

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.

Corbin Cabin is a historic log house that was built by George T. Corbin in 1910. It was partially rebuilt by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) in the 1950’s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant as an intact example of an historic mountain cabin that was built and used by residents of the various “hollow” communities which existed prior to the establishment of Shenandoah National Park. The major restoration of the cabin involves replacing the entire metal roof, replacing log timbers and other necessary repairs. All repairs are critical to the preservation and structural integrity of this historic cabin. It is used today as a rental cabin by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC). Please note that the cabin is closed for rental from May 22 to June 30 while it is being restored. This project will ensure the ongoing safety and positive visitor experience for the thousands of visitors who access and utilize this historic structure each year.

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