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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Quaker run fire update

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

The Quaker Run fire has now burned over 1500 acres, but remains within its containment lines.

Friday, November 3rd, firefighters built backfires to reduce burnable materials and widen containment lines.

Shenandoah National Park officials are recommending that people avoid the areas of Whiteoak, Old Rag, and Big Meadows.

The power has been temporarily cut to Big Meadows and services are limited.

The Rapidan Tract of the Rapidan Wildlife Management Area is closed until further notice for safety reasons. 

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Quaker Run fire update

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Shenandoah National Park‘s latest update on the Quaker Run Fire is that it has burned approximately 425 acres and is 35 percent contained.

The Department of Forestry reports that firefighters continue to try to encircle the fire in very steep and rough terrain.

Smoke from the fire is visible in neighboring communities as reported by the Warren County Fire and Rescue.

While the fire is not in the park, it is close to the Old Rag and Whiteoak Boundary area.

Park officials are assisting in fighting the fire but at this time it should only impact park visitors through smoke, so plan accordingly.

Firefighters continue to install fire lines around the fire to cut fuel sources, this effort is expected to take several days.

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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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