If you've never experienced a night hike in the mountains, you've missed an excellent opportunity to heighten the senses and explore the outdoors in a way not possible during daylight hours.
Next Friday, March 28, Shenandoah National Park will join with James Madison University's "Starry Nights" program by hosting an event at the Park:
Shenandoah National Park: Nature hikes, astrophotography, public star party, Brown Mountain Overlook (~0.8 mile South of mile marker 76) on Skyline Drive. Visitors will use RT 33 to get to the park at Swift Run and travel SOUTH on Skyline Drive about 11 miles to this overlook. Beginning at 8pm. For more information: http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/starrynightsharrisonburg-page.shtml#sthash.QkKZ7qWD.dpuf"Starry Nights" will take place all next week, March 24-29. See the website for a complete schedule of events.
Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
Shenandoah National Park