Monday, February 27, 2012
Shenandoah National Park prepares for spring openings
The unusually mild winter of 2011-12 has seen many hikers in Shenandoah National Park throughout December, January, and February. During the cold weather months, Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River, and Dundo Picnic Grounds have remained open.
For those who are looking for more services, there's not much longer to wait.
Big Meadows Wayside located next to the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will reopen on Friday, March 23.
Skyland Resort reopens on Thursday, March 29.
The Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadows Campground, and Big Meadows Picnic Grounds will reopen on Friday, March 30 along with the Big Meadows shower and laundry facilities.
Big Meadows Lodge will reopen Wednesday, May 16.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Lewis Mountain Campground, cabins, and camp store, and Lewis Mountain Picnic Grounds will reopen on Friday, April 6.
On Friday, April 20, Elkwallow Wayside will reopen. Loft Mountain Wayside will reopen on Friday, April 27.
Loft Mountain Campground and camp store along with the shower and laundry facility will reopen on Friday, May 11. Matthews Arm Campground also reopens on May 11.
Facilities will remain through Fall 2012.
Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell