A panorama view from high up in the north district, where spring has yet to overtake winter. This is just one of many places in Shenandoah where I find inspiration and respite. Do you have a favorite view?

A panorama view from high up in the north district where spring
Lee Tilton
Tracy Jordana
Mark Headley
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Jorge Torrico
Welcoming our first bicyclists to "Ride the Drive" for Parks Rx Day!
Welcoming our first bicyclists to "Ride the Drive" for Parks Rx Day
Rich Harris
Steven Masters
Meredith Mac
The beautiful colors of spring on display from Gooney Manor Overlook.

April 21, 2017
The beautiful colors of spring on display from Gooney Manor Overlook
Hideki  Sugimori
Barbara Pescan
Brenda Moseley Kelley
The colors of winter and spring collide at Little Devils Stairs Overlook. Who loves spring?!?

April 21, 2017
The colors of winter and spring collide at Little Devils Stairs Overlook Who loves spring
Scott Battistoni
Samantha Gibson
Lori Scott
The "Ride the Drive" event is this Sunday, April 23. We are still looking for volunteers to help with the event. If you are interested, please call Margaret at 540-999-3500 x 3437 by Friday 5:00 p.m. to register.

Participants, please be sure to have rear-facing red flashing lights in the event of low visibility. The forecast is for chilly and rainy, so be prepared.

Motorists, the north...
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The Ride the Drive event is this Sunday April 23 We are

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Jason Saputo
David Courtney
James Dalberto
Don't forget the Starry Nights Festival this Friday night!

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Don't forget the Starry Nights Festival this Friday night
Jessica Black
Vivian Smith
Bryce Dodge
Here's the view today from Stony Man Summit, showing Little Stony Man Cliffs and Skyline Drive. You can see the "spring green-up" happening as new leaves emerge on deciduous trees, starting at the lower elevations and working their way gradually up the mountains. Trees at the highest elevations will be fully leafed out in another four to six weeks.
Heres the view today from Stony Man Summit showing Little Stony Man
Faye Storie
R Marc Fast
Danuta Piatek
Big week--BIGGER weekend! A few reminders: Saturday is Jr. Ranger Day! [ Nps.gov Link ]

Saturday and Sunday are fee-free days!

Sunday is our "Ride the Drive" event so the north district will be closed to motor vehicles.

LOTS of details here about "Ride the Drive."

• Shenandoah will host a motorized vehicle-free day April 23, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the northern portion of...
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Big weekBIGGER weekend A few reminders: Saturday is Jr Ranger Day

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Scott Gilbertson
Although the boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps spent most of their time working hard on building projects throughout the Park, they did find some time to have fun! This photograph, taken between 1934 and 1936, shows two of the young men from NP-3 (Baldface), one of the ten CCC camps that operated in Shenandoah National Park. Here they pose with "Nellie", the camp mascot, in front of a...
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Although the boys of the Civilian Conservation Corps spent most of their
Sharon Hegburg
Carol Ann Burns
Chris Walz
Dogwood blossoms aglow on a rainy spring day.
Dogwood blossoms aglow on a rainy spring day
Sandy Atwell-Gray
Tina Moler Grove
Henry Wiedman
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."

~ William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCVIII, "Shakespeare's Sonnets"

NPS photo: Young Clark Elementary School field trip participant checks out nature in Shenandoah National Park
“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything"
"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Purple Finch (male) | American Goldfinch (male)
"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit"
Suzie Swisstack
Sandy Atwell-Gray
Jason Wicklund
Successful day of resource management with fire in Big Meadows! Stay tuned for the green up!
Successful day of resource management with fire in Big Meadows Stay tuned for the green up
Betsy Lester Dillard
Shelby L. Gangloff
Jason Strickler
Gearing up for ignition at Big Meadows. If you are visiting the Park today, please remember that the meadow area is closed to the public. The visitor center and all areas on the west side of Skyline Drive are open as usual.
Gearing up for ignition at Big Meadows If you are visiting the
Donielle Grabner
Wilfredo Dinarte
Pam Grant
We <3 our Park partners! Thanks to the Shenandoah National Park Association (SNPA) for funding the updates and recent reprinting of our Junior Ranger books. They're hot off the press! Also, a shout out to The Shenandoah National Park Trust, who funded the updating of the booklet and the first printing of our new books in 2015. This amazing assistance from our partners has kept our book FREE for kids of all ages (and anyone young at heart)! You can pick up a booklet at Park visitor centers or download online in advance.

AND don't forget, our annual Junior Ranger Day is coming up on Saturday, April 22. It's a great day to learn about Shenandoah, join us for some fun activities, and pick up your own copy of the Junior Ranger book!
We 3 our Park partners Thanks to the Shenandoah National Park Association

National Junior Ranger Day - Shenandoah National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

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Leah Tyrrell
Join us for a special presentation, book signing, and stargazing event at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51). The evening is in conjunction with the 4th Annual Starry Nights event hosted by James Madison University (JMU).

Join author Paul Bogard as he shares stories and experiences from his book “The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in the Age of Artificial Light.” After Bogard’s...
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Join us for a special presentation book signing and stargazing event at

Starry Nights at Shenandoah

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Carrie Matter
Marilyn Robinson
Bruce Simmons
Recently, some visitors saw a hog in the Park and this sparked some discussion about feral hogs in our area. As it turned out, the pig that was seen was an escaped domestic pig and it returned home.

However, feral pigs are becoming a concern to resource managers at Shenandoah. The ecological impacts if a feral hog population became established in the Park would be devastating. The Park is...
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Recently some visitors saw a hog in the Park and this sparked

USDA APHIS | Feral Swine-Managing an Invasive Species

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Claire Schuler
Brian Gillispie
Ken Day
Have you used the new bicycle repair stands up in Shenandoah National Park? Big thanks to The Shenandoah National Park Trust for making this happen!
Shenandoah National Park 04/05/2017
Mona Hoffman
Preston Paige Piper
Peter McCallum
Black bears (Ursus americanus) are starting to emerge from their dens. During these first 2-3 weeks of activity, they will be sluggish and sleep a lot. This phase is commonly called walking hibernation. During this time, their metabolic processes are adjusting to normal spring/summer levels. During walking hibernation, black bears will eat, drink, and roam less.
Remember, if you see a black...
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Black bears Ursus americanus are starting to emerge from their dens During
Brenda Rezvan
Holly Snider
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