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Weekend Getaway: Blue Ridge Parkway

December 18, 2009, 9:43 am
Consistent with the overall cadence and rhythm of mountain life, the Blue Ridge Parkway is never a place to be in a hurry!  Slow paced, relaxing, and graceful describe the experience here. Early designers saw their task as “painting a ten league canvas with the brush of a comet’s ...

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Swamp trail getting facelift

November 2, 2009, 7:39 am
The most popular trail in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is getting a facelift, prompting the National Park Service to temporarily close the refuge’s Washington Ditch entrance. More than 10,000 visitors each year hike the Washington Ditch Boardwalk trail, according to Park Service officials. The trail was built in the late ‘70s ...

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We were up in Shenandoah Park in VA this week. There was a tree with nothing on it but bright red berries. What was the tree??
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We can't be sure, but our best guess is the American Mountain-Ash.

They're visible near milepost 21 on Skyline Drive, across from the Hogback Overlook, where a number of these bright-berried trees grow. Their ripe berries will provide a tasty treat for birds, including cedar waxwings and thrushes.

You can also see them along Stony Man Nature Trail.
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Work to begin soon on stimulus-funded repairs in Shenandoah National Park

October 12, 2009, 8:52 am
Shenandoah National Park officials have awarded the first contract to improve park facilities with federal stimulus money.The contract awarded to Firvida Construction of Fairfax includes an estimated $1 million to repave roads, parking areas and trail heads. Work is expected to begin in the next week or so and ...

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What is there to do in shenandoah national park
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There are many great things to do in Shenandoah, some of which are seasonal.  If you only have a day, Skyline Drive is one of the best drives I have ever taken in this entire country.  Otherwise, check our sights to see page, and on the left there are categories for you to choose from that are more specific.  

Let us know if you want to learn more!

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Any coyotes in shenandoah
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Top 10 Leaf Peeping Destinations

September 3, 2009, 11:06 am
One of our favorite parts of autumn is beautiful change in foliage. From green to different shades of orange and red and yellow, trees in some places begin to change as early as late August. If you’re interested in some leaf peeping this fall, then plan a visit to ...

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What are the regulations regarding firearms in the parks?
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As of now, firearms are not allowed in national parks.

Although a new law permitting concealed loaded firearms at national parks was passed in May, it will not take effect until February. The Interior Department will continue to enforce current restrictions until then.

Under the current regulation, firearms are generally prohibited in national parks, but citizens may transport unloaded and dismantled or cased firearms and carry firearms while participating in approved hunting programs and under certain other circumstances, according to a Department of Interior spokesperson.

Please remember that firearms regulations may vary by park. Check with the National Park Service or the park you plan to visit before your trip for most up-to-date information.


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