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Have you been to the exhibit at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51), yet?? Open Fridays through Sundays, 9:30 - 4:00 p.m. (when the Skyline Drive is open) during the winter, it's a great way to learn about the history of our beloved Park, including the controversial acquisition of privately owned land, the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the little-known story of desegregation in the...
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Superintendent Jim Northup is retiring. Press Release here:
[ Nps.gov Link ]
If you ever doubt that strong regulations have positive results on our air quality, here's proof!

Visitor Adam Sinclair recently sent us these photos and this explanation of them.
"This is pretty big in my opinion. I think whoever will find this pretty neat and will be excited about the improvements in air quality and visibility from the Park. My father and I go on the park often to spot far...
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So today, we say goodbye to "the season!" Most of our seasonal employees have, or will be heading out and with the exception of Byrd Visitor Center, all facilities in the Park are closed til spring.

But, don't let that stop you from a whole different Shenandoah experience! Winter is a fantastic time to visit. Winter can't be beat for solitude and for great views. Wildlife is more visible with...
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This juvenile red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) lacks the one feature that gives the species its name. It won't get its red tail feathers until after its first year. Meantime, the coloring helps to camouflage the bird while it hunts for mice, voles, squirrels, snakes, rabbits and other denizens of woods, fields and roadsides.

Red tails are the largest hawks in eastern North America,...
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Andy the Bear's (and Ranger Lindsey's) season as park rangers at Shenandoah is over. It's been a great season filled with tons of hiking and exploring around Shenandoah! Thank you for following our adventures !
BEAR BLOG
YAWN...
So, here is the million dollar question...do black bears of SNP really hibernate? Here is the not-so-short answer...pregnant females that are going to give birth in January or February will most likely enter their dens by the end of November, if not already, followed closely by females with cubs (yearlings) from last year. They will not emerge until late March or April. ...
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Nellie the dog was a hands-down favorite for the CCC boys stationed at Camp NP-3, which was located near the South River area. She served as a mascot for the camp and often accompanied the boys when they went out to do their work or visit the mountain families.

Some of the other CCC camps in Shenandoah National Park had dogs too. Enrollee Arthur Emory recalls that Camp NP-1 at Skyland had...
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"Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

~ John F. Kennedy

NPS/Katy Cain photo: Gazing at Old Rag from Pinnacles Overlook, November 2, 2015
Brrr! It's chilly and windy on the mountain today and we even got a little preview to winter with some snow flurries.

Just a reminder that Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) will be open daily through November 27 (including Thanksgiving Day), but will then switch to weekends only (Fri/Sat/Sun) starting December 2. For hours and more information on facilities, see our website at [ Nps.gov Link ].
In conjunction with the National Park Service, the ATC has issued a fire ban on the #AppalachianTrail throughout much of the Southeast — from US Route 33 in Shenandoah National Park to Springer Mountain, GA. All open flames are prohibited, though some areas still permit the use of pressurized gas fuel camp stoves and backpacking stoves. The fire ban will continue until drought conditions have...
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Andy the Bear hiked with his friends, Honey Dew and Chester, on the Rose River Loop Trail. They saw and enjoyed many wonderful waterfalls and cascades. Do you prefer to hike alone or with friends?

"The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing." John Muir
The rangers and visitors (and Iron Mike) at Byrd Visitor Center got into some SHENanigans with the #mannequinchallenge. Here's to a great weekend!
"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all..."
~Emily Dickinson

Carolina Chickadee
Shenandoah National Park will begin fire restrictions in the South District of the Park today, Wednesday, November 16. The South District lies between Highway 33 in the north and Highway 64 in the south. Due to exceptionally dry conditions in this area of the park and the potential for extreme fire behavior, building, attending, maintaining or using an open fire anywhere within the South...
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Remember, starting tonight, the north and south districts of the Skyline Drive will be closed from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. Beginning November 28, the central district of the Drive will also be closed from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m. This will continue until January 8, 2017, due to hunting season. These closures allow rangers to concentrate patrols on problem areas and increase contacts along the park boundary....
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While all of its surrounding neighbors have dropped their leaves, a tall Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) tenaciously hoards its yellow-gold treasure.

Photo taken Nov. 10, 2016, near Big Meadows.
Sunsets. There are many perfect places to view the sunset at Shenandoah National Park, and right now Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is one of them. The sun's rays play on the clouds and hues of red and pink color the sky as it sinks behind Massanutten Mountain. Keep an eye to the sky and you may even catch a glimpse of a paraglider taking in the view from above.
BEAR BLOG

"Good til' the last nut!"
Well, as the leaf peeping season comes to an end, the reality of winter will soon be upon us...are YOU ready? The black bears of Shenandoah are getting ready! With the exception of a few, our bears are looking pretty fat and fluffy, thanks to a good mast crop of hickory nuts and acorns. But, can we still see bears in November? Yes! Bears are still...
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Autumn colors have attracted visitors to Shenandoah National Park ever since its establishment. Pictured here in 1948 are “leaf peepers” admiring the colors from Signal Knob Overlook on Skyline Drive, much in the same way visitors do today. The car driving towards the camera is a 1948 Mercury and the pickup in the right corner is a 1937 or 1938 Ford. Some of the other vehicles are...
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