National trails day

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Get ready to mark National Trails Day today, June 1st, in Shenandoah National Park!

In honor of this occasion, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites you to two special events at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) and the visitor center at Big Meadows (mile 51).

Explore the importance of Leave No Trace principles and discover the vital trail
maintenance efforts carried out in the park by PATC.

Plus, enjoy guided hikes led by knowledgeable PATC members.

Remember to secure your spot by registering in advance.

For more details and to sign up for hikes, visit the Park’s calendar here: National Park Calendar

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SNP host the annual Sky Festival coinciding with Perseid shower

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Shenandoah National Park (SNP) announced the annual Night Sky Festival starts August 11.

There will be several speakers in various locations at the event this year.

Two of the guest speakers include NASA’s veteran astronaut and space scientist Tom Jones and Solar System Ambassador Greg Redfern who will offer instruction and demonstrations on night sky watching.

Demonstrations will be offered at Dickey Ridge, Mathews Arm Campground, Skyland, Byrd Visitor Center and Big Meadows.

A schedule of events starting August 11 and lasting through August 13 is found here.

This weekend should be an extremely exciting one as the Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to peak on August 12.

According to Space.com we could see as many as 150 to 200 meteors an hour.

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Portions of Skyline Drive reopen

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Skyline Drive has reopened from the Thornton Gap Entrance Station at mile 31.5 to the Swift Run Entrance Station at mile 65.5.

The stretch from the Front Royal Entrance Station at mile 0 to mile 5 at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is also open.

All other sections of Skyline Drive remain closed to all visitors including vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles, and horses.

This differs from regular park policy due to the dangerous nature of the work taking place in the closed areas.

The clean-up and work taking place stems from the ice storm earlier this winter.

The Shenandoah National Park Facebook page will continue to update the situation.

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