Old Rag ticket program begins

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

March 1st through November 30th, visitors to Shenandoah National Park’s Old Rag Mountain, including hikers on Saddle, Ridge, and Ridge Access trails, will need to obtain an Old Rag day-use ticket in addition to a Park entrance pass.

Visitors are encouraged to plan in advance to obtain their tickets.

800 tickets are available each day with 400 of those released 30 days in advance and the remaining 400 are released 5 days in advance.

Tickets will not be sold in person at the Old Rag entrance.

Shenandoah National Park began the ticket program in response to significant overcrowding and to improve a guest’s experience and safety while helping to protect the unique ecological communities of Old Rag.

Tickets cost $2.00 and can be found by clicking here or by calling 877-444-6777.

Guests may purchase up to four tickets per person and each individual in your party must have their own ticket.

If you are unable to hike on your scheduled date, you may reschedule or cancel before noon the day before your trip.

To learn more about the Old Rag ticket program, click here.

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Shenandoah National Park encourages safety this weekend

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park realizes the Labor Day Weekend will be busy, and you’ll be having fun!

But, you can’t have fun without some rules. 

Read up on fire safety, no fires in the back country and only build fires in park-built fire rings. 

The speed limit in most areas of Skyline Drive is 35 mph.

The Park law enforcement is working with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to enforce the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign this weekend.

Stay on trail when you’re hiking in the park.

And finally, don’t play with or feed the wildlife.

Keep the park’s animals safe and give them space.

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NPS reinstates ticket program for Old Rag

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The National Park Service announced they will continue the day hiking ticket program for Old Rag hiking in 2023.

From March 1 through November 30, a day-use ticket will be required to hike on the Saddle Trail, Ridge Trail and Ridge Access Trail areas in the Shenandoah National Park.

A ticket needs to be purchased for $1 at recreation.gov with the goal of helping to ease crowding on Old Rag.

A cap of 800 hikers are permitted per day with 400 tickets available 30 days before arrival  and the next 400 being released 5 days before.

Tickets will not be required December 1 through February 28.

For more information on Old Rag Day-Use Ticket’s click here.

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Front Royal celebrates Earth Day

The Town of Front Royal will host their Earth Day celebration today starting at 10 am at the Main Street Gazebo.

There will be live music, food, and fun for the whole family.

Nature and conservation groups will also be on hand to discuss a range of topics including ways to explore the outdoors like hiking and fishing and green technology like solar panels and electric vehicles.

At 3:30 pm, the local Tree Stewards will lead a tree planting to help demonstrate the town’s commitment to its Tree City USA status.

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A webinar is scheduled for the proposed Rail Trail

Traffic Update

A webinar will be held on the proposed Rail Trail project Jul. 21 at 7 p.m..

The proposed project hopes to pave unused train tracks from Broadway to Front Royal.

This is an over 48 mile long tracked that will run up the Shenandoah Valley for hiking, biking and recreation.

Over 8,000 people responded to the The Virginia Department of Conservation and the Virginia Department of Transportation’s survey on the project.

Register for the webinar at the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation‘s website where you also find additional information on the project.

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