SNP collaborates with utility partners

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park (SNP) is taking proactive measures to fortify its infrastructure in collaboration with utility partners, aiming to minimize potential damage from future weather occurrences.

The initiative involves the replacement of utility poles and the restoration of power lines along two key utility corridors within the park.

Consequently ,certain visitor services will be affected at Elkwallow, Mathews Arm Campground, and the Big Meadows area.

Updates for Visitors in the Big Meadows Area:

  • During April, intermittent power outages will occur between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays.
  • Shower facilities will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays.
  • Normal Park operations will resume on Fridays through Sundays.
  • Wood and ice sales remain available at Big Meadows Wayside until further notice.
  • Comfort stations/bathrooms in the loops of Big Meadows Campground will continue to operate fully.

Big Meadows Wayside and the visitor center at Big Meadows will function mostly as usual with the assistance of generators.

However, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Mondays through
Thursdays, Wi-Fi services may experience disruptions, exhibits will be closed, and movie screenings will be suspended.

Big Meadows Lodge is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, as planned.

Elkwallow Wayside & Mathews Arm Campground:

  •  Renovation work for these areas will commence upon completion of the tasks at Big Meadows.
  • Opening dates for these facilities are to be determined later due to the ongoing renovations.

For individuals with campground reservations until mid-June who have not received communication regarding their reservation at Mathews Arm, please reach out to Mindy Bogue at mindy_bogue@nps.gov or 540-999-3500 x3405.

Guests have the option to relocate their camping reservations to either Big Meadows or Loft Mountain Campgrounds.

However, availability may be limited at these sites due to the closure
of Mathews Arm.

Alternatively, guests may opt for a refund if they choose to cancel their reservation.

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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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