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  • Archive for October 24th, 2011

    Peak Color at Shenandoah National Park

    by Casey | Posted on October 24th, 2011

    As of the October 21, 2011 Shenandoah National Park Fall Foliage Report, the highest elevations had experienced approximately 90% color change. Now is a great time to take a day off from work and just drive.

    Appalachian TrailGoing on this week at Shenandoah National Park:

    Tuesday

      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Stony Man Hike – Meet at the Stony Man Trailhead (milepost 43) to take a hike to the Park’s second highest peak and hear Stony Man’s stories. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. 1.6 miles, 2 hours. Free.
      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Birds of Prey – Here’s your chance to meet live raptors and learn about their role in the Park’s ecosystem. It’s a one-hour presentation. Meet at the Big Meadows Amphitheater in the picnic area.
      • 11 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Discovery Walk – If you’re interested in learning about the plants and animals that make SNP a special place, meet at the Skyland Amphitheater for a one-hour walk.
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Celebrate Shenandoah National Park – It’s the 75th Anniversary of Shenandoah National Park and you’re invited to a 20-minute talk to hear about the history and treasures of this special environment. Meet at Skyland Amphitheater. Free.
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Wild About Bears – Learn about Shenandoah’s largest mammal during this 20-minute talk at the Byrd Visitor Center.
      • 8-9 p.m.: Shenandoah Valley Cloggers at Skyland Resort – This popular dance group gets down to a variety of bluegrass, country, old time, pop, and more. Free.

    Wednesday

      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Story of the Limberlost- Take a 1.2-mile walk to hear stories of change, loss, and hope. Meet at the Limberlost Trailhead (milepost 43), and plan to spend an hour and a half.
      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Appalachian Trail Hike – Experience the legendary mountain trail on a gentle hike. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. It’s a quick hike at 2.1 miles. Plan to spend two hours. Meet at the Milam Gap Parking Area (milepost 52.8).
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Celebrate Shenandoah National Park – It’s the 75th Anniversary of Shenandoah National Park and you’re invited to a 20-minute talk to hear about the history and treasures of this special environment. Meet at the the Byrd Visitor Center. Free.
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Wild About Bears – Learn about Shenandoah’s largest mammal during this 20-minute talk at Skyland Amphitheater.
      • 3 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Meadow Walk – Discover the wonders of a rare high elebation wetland meadow on this gentle one-mile walk. Meet at the Byrd Visitor Center and plan for an hour and a  half.
    ThursdayWine Tastings
      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Ancient Volcano Hike – Imagine firey lava and rivers of molten rock in Shenandoah National Park. You’ll walk along the remains of an ancient volcano rift on this two-mile walk. Plan for two hours and meet at the Timber Hollow Overlook (milepost 43.3)
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Celebrate Shenandoah National Park – It’s the 75th Anniversary of Shenandoah National Park and you’re invited to a 20-minute talk to hear about the history and treasures of this special environment. Meet at Skyland Amphitheater. Free
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Wild About Bears – Learn about Shenandoah’s largest mammal during this 20-minute talk at the Byrd Visitor Center.
      • 3 p.m.: Wine Tasting at Big Meadows Lodge and Skyland Resort - Must be 21 to attend. Fee of $15 includes cheese, crackers, and a handcrafted glass
      • 4 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – CCC Walk – Celebrate the Civilian Conservation Corps legacy on this walk to a CCC-era structure. It’s a one-mile walk lasting one and a half hours. Meet at the Byrd Visitor Center.
      • 7:30-9:30 p.m.: Possum Ridge String Band at Skyland Resort – If you like old time string music from the southern Appalachian mountains, you’ll enjoy this free concert.

    Friday

      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Ancient Volcano Hike – Imagine firey lava and rivers of molten rock in Shenandoah National Park. You’ll walk along the remains of an ancient volcano rift on this two-mile walk. Plan for two hours and meet at the Timber Hollow Overlook (milepost 43.3)
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Terrace Talk – Spend a quick 10 minutes learning about a special feature of the park. Check at the Byrd Visitor Center information desk for more info.
      • 3 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Discovery Walk – If you’re interested in learning about the plants and animals that make SNP a special place, meet at the Skyland Amphitheater for a one-hour walk.
      • 7:30 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Campfire Program – This is a National Park Service tradition and you’re invited to join in! Dress for the chilly mountain nights and  plan to spend 45 minutes. Meet at the Big Meadows Amphitheater in the picnic area.

    Saturday

    Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park

    Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park

      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Stony Man Hike – Meet at the Stony Man Trailhead (milepost 43) to take a hike to the Park’s second highest peak and hear Stony Man’s stories. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. 1.6 miles, 2 hours. Free
      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Birds of Prey – Here’s your chance to meet live raptors and learn about their role in the Park’s ecosystem. It’s a one-hour presentation. Meet at the Big Meadows Amphitheater in the picnic area.
      • 2 p.m .: Fall Ranger Program – Junior Ranger Program – Investigate the mysteries of Shenandoah through fun and educational activities. For ages 7 through 12, and an adult must accompany. Plan for one mile of walking and a duration of an hour and a half. Meet at the Byrd Visitor Center.
      • 3 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Discovery Walk – If you’re interested in learning about the plants and animals that make SNP a special place, meet at the Skyland Amphitheater for a one-hour walk.
      • 7:30 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Campfire Program – This is a National Park Service tradition and you’re invited to join in! Dress for the chilly mountain nights and  plan to spend 45 minutes. Meet at your choice of the Big Meadows Amphitheater in the picnic area, the Skyland Amphitheater, or the Loft Mountain Amphitheater.

    Sunday

      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Story of the Limberlost- Take a 1.2-mile walk to hear stories of change, loss, and hope. Meet at the Limberlost Trailhead (milepost 43), and plan to spend an hour and a half
      • 10 a.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Discovery Walk – If you’re interested in learning about the plants and animals that make SNP a special place, meet at the Byrd Visitor Center for a one-hour walk.
      • 2 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Celebrate Shenandoah National Park – It’s the 75th Anniversary of Shenandoah National Park and you’re invited to a 20-minute talk to hear about the history and treasures of this special environment. Meet at Skyland Amphitheater. Free.
      • 3 p.m.: Fall Ranger Program – Meadow Walk – Discover the wonders of a rare high elebation wetland meadow on this gentle one-mile walk. Meet at the Byrd Visitor Center and plan for an hour and a  half.

    Book a travel package or take advantage of a deal to make this one of the most memorable fall run-aways you’ve ever experienced.



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