Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shenandoah National Park alerts

The Shenandoah National Park website warns visitors of alerts concerning the Neighbor Mountain wildfire at the northern end, and derecho storm damage that extends the length of the Park:
  • Fire Closures

    Open as of noon, July 6: Appalachian Trail from Beahms Gap to Elkwallow & Byrd's Nest #4. The following trails remain closed due to fire activity: Jeremys Run, Neighbor Mountain, Knob Mountain and Knob Mountain Cutoff.
  • Storm Damage

    Recent storms have caused many downed trees, especially in the southern portion of the park. Crews are working to clear trails and fire roads. Use caution when hiking and riding horseback, especially near and south of Loft Mountain.
A friend talked with park personnel who said it could take up to a year to clear up storm debris. Be aware of limbs overhead and trees that may be leaning but not yet on the ground.

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