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Appalachian folk music reflected a vibrant, diverse culture in the Blue Ridge mountains. Many of the songs are rooted in traditional Scotch-Irish ballads associated with the largest community to migrate to the area. However, the music also included African-American influences, such as the banjo, and styles played at the Grand Ole Opry, as radio and railroads brought new genres to the people. ... See MoreSee Less

Appalachian folk music reflected a vibrant, diverse culture in the Blue Ridge mountains. Many of the songs are rooted in traditional Scotch-Irish ballads associated with the largest community to migrate to the area. However, the music also included African-American influences, such as the banjo, and styles played at the Grand Ole Opry, as radio and railroads brought new genres to the people.Image attachment

 

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Diversity is what makes us great!

3 hours ago

Sunshine, scrambles, and summits were combined in this week’s hike. The Park is a great place to be when it’s too hot in the valley. Ranger Allysah made sure to pack plenty of water and took breaks along the way. The summit looked great - ragged and all. So... #WheresRangerAllysah? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Had thirteen wonderful years enjoying the beauty of the mountains and valley while living in Woodstock.

Ragged Mountain Lookout? πŸ€”πŸ˜Š

Rock face that size? Old Rag

Old Rag!!!

Old Rag

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19 hours ago

Two different groups worked on common ground yesterday in a small section of the Rapidan River. Groundwork RVA and Appalachian Conservation Corps provide hands-on learning and engage young people in service projects. #ScienceInThePark #FindYourPark #ThankYou ... See MoreSee Less

Two different groups worked on common ground yesterday in a small section of the Rapidan River. Groundwork RVA and Appalachian Conservation Corps provide hands-on learning and  engage young people in service projects. #ScienceInThePark #FindYourPark #ThankYou

 

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Thanks for your hard work and education on our riverine systems. My drinking water comes from the Rapidan. Find any Hellbenders?

Bet you didn't realize you were going to be criticized by arm chair fashionistas when you were asked to pose for a quick snap. Thanks for all you do / learned. Hope to meet y'all on the trail one day soon. Proud of you/your efforts!

Bless their souls!!

I'll bet the crawdads were delicious!

Don’t you Park folks have shorts in your uniform code?

So, you get a crowd of people to stand in the river with gross boots and dirty pants... Oils and sweat, skin cells and hair..... Humans.. 1 step forward 2 steps back... Always.

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23 hours ago

Have you ever wondered about what it is that makes Shenandoah National Park the unique and special place that it is? What kind of forests do we have, what kind of flora and fauna call this place home? How do geography, climate and weather influence and impact the park? If you ever though about any of these - then you may want to join Certified Virginia Master Naturalist Jack Price for a captivating journey through Shenandoah's long, varied and matchless natural history. The "Naturalists View of Shenandoah National Park Seminar" will be held on Wednesday, August 7 starting at the Big Meadows Lodge at 9:00 a.m. In the afternoon, participants will take a 3-mile hike up Hawksbill Mountain, the highest peak in Shenandoah National Park. For more information or to register, go to www.snpbooks.org/seminars/. ... See MoreSee Less

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This beautiful park is a treasure!!

Please identify the flower in the top picture!

Gorgeous!

1 day ago

On Monday, July 22, both the Big Meadows Wayside and the Big Meadows Gas pumps will be shut down at 5:00 pm. This needs to be done in order to make the final electrical connections required by the renovations. The shutdown is expected to last from 5:00 pm to perhaps 10:00 pm and will affect the the Wayside, gas pumps, and the Byrd Visitor Center, including the restrooms and the electrical vehicle charging station. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you for all that you do. It is appreciated. Have a great weekend!!

2 days ago

#ThisDayInHistory ground was broken for Skyline Drive in 1931. The 105-mile road runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park's mountain ridge from Front Royal to Waynesboro, which provides an abundance of overlooks to view the valley below and the peaks above. #ThrowbackThursday ... See MoreSee Less

#ThisDayInHistory ground was broken for Skyline Drive in 1931. The 105-mile road runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Parks mountain ridge from Front Royal to Waynesboro, which provides an abundance of overlooks to view the valley below and the peaks above. #ThrowbackThursday

 

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A beautiful drive!!

Visited last week for the first time and love it!

A monumental achievement that I try to enjoy in person a couple of days a week!!!β€οΈπŸ˜ƒ

It’s a beautiful place to stay!

We still feel the pain of those families that were forcibly removed from their homes. The drive continues to cut off access to north Madison County.

Yes, when the government helped the unemployed by paying them to build things that last and are still providing a return on the money spent.

And my family was there, every step of the way. The men and women of Appalachia built a national icon.

I live just below Hawksbill peak- almost heaven!

#PartyTime

Tom Gilmour

Jeanine Chris Janet

Timothy John wow

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3 days ago

Storms can pop up quickly during these hot and humid summer days, so be sure to be prepared when you visit the Park. Knowing the forecast, how long you'll be out on the trail, and watching and listening for storms are important parts of spending time outdoors. Check out this link to be a "Weather-Ready Explorer" when you visit Shenandoah. www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/severe-weather-safety.htm ... See MoreSee Less

Storms can pop up quickly during these hot and humid summer days, so be sure to be prepared when you visit the Park. Knowing the forecast, how long youll be out on the trail, and watching and listening for storms are important parts of spending time outdoors. Check out this link to be a Weather-Ready Explorer when you visit Shenandoah.   https://www.nps.gov/subjects/healthandsafety/severe-weather-safety.htm

 

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Be smart about hiking in the heat and humidity this weekend. Bring lots of water!

I will be there.....chillin' and enjoying Skyline Drive

4 days ago

The South District trail crew works hard so visitors in the Park can play hard. Behind-the-scenes work is their daily job. Currently, they are transporting trees to Meadow Spring Trail to be used for a staircase. ... See MoreSee Less

The South District trail crew works hard so visitors in the Park can play hard. Behind-the-scenes work is their daily job. Currently, they are transporting trees to Meadow Spring Trail to be used for a staircase.

 

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Did thevBuck hollow loop.. those steps are killer! Thank you? 😎

Hiking Little Devils Stairs Sunday I had to send a thanks to the “beasts” who put in all the boulder stairs. Thanks for making the parks trails assessable to hiking seniors ❀️

Thank you for making the park walkable

Thank you PATC and all crews! Awesome work!

God bless them for all they do and I sure hope they're careful in the Heat this week! Please please drink lots of water!!!!!

Thanks to everyone who takes such good care of the park. Keep up the good job

Thank you all for all your hard work and taking care of the park.

Thanks for ALL the hard work!! I appreciate it!

Thank you!

Thank you for all your hard work.

Thank you!

Thank you for all you do

Thank you for all you do

Thanks to the worker bees!

.Even though I’m chawing on whether or not to use my free sample Tide Pod for laundry purposes today, I cannot help but to fondly remember how very near SNP is to the Unicorn Winery. Disclaimer: Mixing Wine & Staircases is generally not recommended by anyone having common sense. Has the department of the interior ever thought about implementing WUI checkpoints along the trails?

Thank you for ALL YOU DO!!

Thanks for all you do everyday.

πŸ‘Œ

That’s a strong guy, Tks

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5 days ago

Due to a wiring update at Big Meadows Wayside, gas will not be available all day this Wednesday, July 17. Pumps will be shut off at 7:00 am in order to relocate the point of sale electronics. Delaware North expects them to be back in operation around 4:30 pm. Thanks for your patience! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I sure hope they’re getting the word to all individual campers and folks with reservations!

I'm just thankful for places like Big Meadows and other awesome spots along the parkway that we get to enjoy. Whether services are down for renovations or not. And glad we get real time heads up. #shenandoahnationalpark #thankful

I just can’t wait to see all of that ‘scenic’ chain link gone!!!

When will the Wayside be complete? And are the rumors true? No longer serving restaurant style sitdown breakfast and lunch? Such fond memories as a child, and with my children, of breakfast on the last day of camping. :)

soulds like the place us having a lot of issues, no gas no go, thanks for letting us know, to hot to walk

Wow. Is this common? It seems like they have one or another problem quite frequently.

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5 days ago

Dogs are welcomed on all but nine trails in SNP. Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet for safety reasons! We like their stay to be just as enjoyable as yours. πŸΆπŸ” ... See MoreSee Less

Dogs are welcomed on all but nine trails in SNP. Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet for safety reasons! We like their stay to be just as enjoyable as yours. πŸΆπŸ”

 

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We wanted to bring our pups for the weekend, but the extremely hot weather forced us to change our plans. See you in September!!

Juneau loved her first visit as well!

Sweet puppy!

My guide dog and I visited over the weekend. We saw a lot of unleashed dogs at Big Meadows. Thank you for reminding people to use a leash. It is important for their pet’s safety and is the best way to prevent your dog from getting lost. It also helps those with service dogs like myself safety navigate camp sites and trails. Here is a photo of my guide dog in front of the Lewis Falls trail head sign at Big Meadows.

Love visiting Shenandoah with my pup! He always stay on leash and we follow all LNT principles 😁

Ellie you're a beautiful girl!

Thank you for keeping Shenandoah dog friendly!! β€πŸ• I will be seeing you all this Fall!!

My girls love SNP! Here we are taking a break at Black Rock Summit. One of our most favorite trails!

Watch for bears by Lewis Falls. About a month ago I came across one of the biggest bears I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen a lot of them. To close for comfort.

Our dog is always on a leash - helped us avoid a rattlesnake a few years ago that was right off the path. It’s for their safety!

Best hiking buddies around!

My chazzy loves hiking/camping SNP 😊

I just immensely dislike it when folks let their doggies "pooh" right in the middle of the trail, then leave it there.

Oh my goodness that smile πŸ₯°

Hey SNP, what about cats? Ours loves to explore 🀷‍♀️

We hike this trail with our dog.

Love that I can take my dog in the trails.

Rachel loves SNP!

A lot of people think it's okay to let their dogs off leashes because the dog will respond to their call to come back. But it's not just about the dog. Among all the other reasons, there are also people who are afraid of dogs, and they don't deserve to have an otherwise beautiful memory ruined by a loose dog!

Looks like Ellie ready enjoyed her time at the park

And make sure you hold on to the leash at all times.

Ranger loves to take me hiking in Shenandoah.

The problem is a large percentage think their dog is special and can go without a leash. For every dog I see on a leash, I've probably seen 5 not on a leash.

And be aware that some dogs like to go for hikes with their people, but don't necessarily like meeting other dogs. If I'm clearly trying to keep my dog away from others, please respect that.

Duchess and I start off this spring up the fire road to Black Rock near dog-friendly Big Meadows Lodge, SNP.

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6 days ago

It's butterfly party time in the Big Meadow as butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) has begun to bloom. This showy member of the milkweed family attracts many pollinators, including a wide variety of bees, hover flies and butterflies, such as the pearl crescents (Phyciodes tharos) shown in the photo. Come to the park on a sunny day to see these and many other sun-loving plants flowering in the meadow and along Skyline Drive. Watch out for butterflies crossing the road! #FindYourPark #EcuentraTuParque ... See MoreSee Less

Its butterfly party time in the Big Meadow as butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) has begun to bloom.  This showy member of the milkweed family attracts many pollinators, including a wide variety of bees, hover flies and butterflies, such as the pearl crescents (Phyciodes tharos) shown in the photo.  Come to the park on a sunny day to see these and many other sun-loving plants flowering in the meadow and along Skyline Drive.  Watch out for butterflies crossing the road! #FindYourPark #EcuentraTuParque

 

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Lovely seeing the milkweed blooming & the monarchs enjoying its nectar last week at Big Meadows.

Shenandoah Valley is so beautiful!!

See I told you They are so nice

So beautiful!!

Hopefully ours will go to seed again this year. We look forward to seeing the beautiful orange blossoms, and the winged lovelies that visit.

A bee and his friend yesterday morning at Big Meadows

Took this picture on Friday at Big Meadows!

Beautiful!! :O

I have seen so many butterflies on the drive of late! I hate it when they fly onto my car. 😒

Beautiful !

Mine is in bloom but the butterflies are more interested in the zinnias???

Pretty!

Tuberosa is home to the Monarch!

What is the common name for this orange variety?

Took this pic there couple weeks ago.

#PartyTime

Mary Barker

Gloria Garrison

Jean Ellen Whitman

Louise Dodson

SuAnn Brown...look!

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1 week ago

Located on one of Shenandoah’s more popular hikes lies a bed of ferns just off the trail. Interrupted ferns (osmunda claytoniana) live best in shaded, damp areas, whereas the face of the trail spends its life looking to the sky. Can you guess #WhereRangerAllysah is? #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque ... See MoreSee Less

 

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The correct answer is...Stony Man Trail!

Well, clearly they're everywhere! πŸ˜ƒ And they're wonderful to look at en mass!

The trail between Big Meadows campground and the Byrd Visitor Center.

Upper Hawksbill? Took this one on the path to the lodge at Skyland on Monday.

Somewhere nice sitting in the shade.

Whiteoak Canyon Trail?

Hawksbill area? It was full a couple weeks ago!

That was easy...

Dark Hollow Falls Trail

Sure that's not a nice bed of poison ivy? I've seen a couple up in SNP.

Near the starting point of Stony Man Trail.

Stony Man trail

Hogback❀️

Limberlost?

Limberlost?

Stony Man trailhead

Hogback?

Hog back.

AT from hogback going NB towards over Run falls

Limberlost

Hawksbill

Dude. Stop interrupting the ferns.

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1 week ago

The closure of eight designated campsites near Blackrock Hut has been lifted. But, as always, please make every effort to secure your food. We need to avoid situations where bears get human food, thereby creating a dangerous situation. Thanks!! ... See MoreSee Less

The closure of eight designated campsites near Blackrock Hut has been lifted. But, as always, please make every effort to secure your food. We need to avoid situations where bears get human food, thereby creating a dangerous situation. Thanks!!

 

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Does Shenandoah have bear boxes at the campsites? Maybe raise the cost of camping to purchase for each campsite

Last year we were in Yellowstone, Glacier, and Denali. At each park when camping and when in the parking lots visiting we had to put all coolers inside our RV. They were very strict that we unload the cargo carrier and put coolers inside. Camping/backpacking in Denali they were just as careful.

So sad that people don't follow Park rules. How incredibly selfish. We are in their home! πŸ˜žπŸ’•πŸΎπŸ»πŸΏπŸ’πŸ¦Œ

I am assuming this is a stock photo

Today around 3pm there were 2 different ones with in about 4 miles!

It’s going to get to the point where all food brought into national parks (where bears exist) will be required to be stored in bear-proof containers, mostly because people aren’t careful and never learn.

Shenandoah National Park Was wondering if you would consider fine on first offense? The reason I ask is at each entrance, at each campground, and often during other interactions , your staff provide warnings about food and beers. It just seems its getting to the point of being a serious issue. After all, this is the bears home which should be protected first, not the human who chooses not to listen.

Here's somthing I found out the hard way. It's not just food stuffs and toiletries. Had a bear shred a bag of charcoal at sherando lake...

I feel bad for the bear.

I am with the bear in wondering who would thing like that?

Don’t be bear bait, get a bear bag!

Don't they have bear caches?

Why not treat them like all other animals and attempt to domesticate them? Sees like the powers at large won't think outside the box. Bears are no different than any other animal other than they are larger. That's it.

As usual, a few stupid people make it harder for everyone else, including the bears!

People caught not following the rules, especially when it come to bears and other wildlife need to be permanently banned from all National Parks.

What natural food do they have to eat in the park this time of year

"I didn't do it; no body saw me; you can't prove anything..."πŸ™‚

if you rub the bears nose in the trash and say NO! they will stop! you think??? LOL

Smh...... people......

What's with the plastic trash can with out a lid. No wonder the bear is dumpster diving.

Langdon Harris Johnston

Sara Leven

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1 week ago

Shenandoah National Park was established, in part, to match America's budding car culture. By the 1930s, almost half of American households owned automobiles, and entire industries and roadways sprang up to fill the public's automotive addiction. As early as 1924, proponents of Shenandoah National Park said it should include a road along the relatively flat crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and President Hoover himself stated the mountains were made for a highway. In 1930, $1.5 million dollars were set aside for the construction of a road between Swift Run Gap and Thornton Gap with more to come. Though originally intended to be called the Hoover Highway, it would eventually take on the iconic name: Skyline Drive. ... See MoreSee Less

Shenandoah National Park was established, in part, to match Americas budding car culture. By the 1930s, almost half of American households owned automobiles, and entire industries and roadways sprang up to fill the publics automotive addiction. As early as 1924, proponents of Shenandoah National Park said it should include a road along the relatively flat crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains and President Hoover himself stated the mountains were made for a highway. In 1930, $1.5 million dollars were set aside for the construction of a road between Swift Run Gap and Thornton Gap with more to come. Though originally intended to be called the Hoover Highway, it would eventually take on the iconic name: Skyline Drive.Image attachment

 

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Wow love those old cars

Thank you for sharing. I love pics of the old days.

This is definitely one of my favorite parks. The campsites are great.

Love you oh beautiful Shenandoah....

Our favorite summer getaway

Great memories for me!

My Grandfather, Gilbert R. Gray, became a journeyman mason topping out the chimneys at Camp Hoover, and my father Gilbert Gray played there as a kid, along with his brothers. Our family helped build the walls along the Skyline Drive, the Singing Tower of Luray, and many of the bridges and buildings in and around DC. We Grays are bone-deep in the history of SNP, the Shenandoah Valley, and Virginia, as well as (I recently discovered) the historic Hatteras lighthouse and original National Weather station of the OBX!

My forever #1 favorite park E of the Rockies. <3

Thank god it wasn’t called the Hoover highway

Was just there over the 4th. Been going camping at big meadows for 20 yrs now. Love it and what memories.

My parents probably had one

I love it. Do you mean the crest?

Scott Slack Lets add Shenandoah to our travel list

I will be riding it on another American Icon, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a week!

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1 week ago

Heat-related illness takes several forms. Heat rash, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke develop from prolonged exposure to heat. If you develop any of these conditions, immediately get out of the heat and rest. ow.ly/9q2c50uYq4F ... See MoreSee Less

Heat-related illness takes several forms. Heat rash, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke develop from prolonged exposure to heat.  If you develop any of these conditions, immediately get out of the heat and rest. http://ow.ly/9q2c50uYq4F

 

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If I got out of the heat and rested every time I got heat rash, I'd never spend a summer day outdoors! 🀣

Been there, experienced that! Now I have to be very careful when the temperature rises above 80! My last heat related even was at 84 degrees. πŸ₯΅ ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

Me going outside to get the mail. I hibernate in the summer. Give me snow and sub freezing temps and I'm climbing every mountain in SNP!

Hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE! 😲

Oh now you tell me.

Laura Netherland

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