Shenandoah National Park


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Shenandoah National Park,

198,081 acres (80,195 hectares), N Va., extending 80 mi (129 km) along the crest of the Blue Ridge. Authorized in 1926, it was fully established as a national park in 1935. Skyline Drive, a north-south highway, winds for 105 mi (169 km) through the park. The Blue Ridge, Shenandoah valley, Massanutten Mt., and Allegheny Mts. can be viewed from 75 overlooks on the drive. Elevations in the park range from 595 ft (181 m) at Front Royal to 4,049 ft (1,234 m) at the top of Hawksbill Mt. Heavily forested, the park contains a series of ridges and valleys, hollows, small hills, numerous streams, waterfalls, and trout-filled pools. The Appalachian TrailAppalachian Trail,
officially Appalachian National Scenic Trail,
hiking path, 2,144 mi (3,450 km) long, passing through 14 states, E United States. Conceived in 1921 by Benton MacKaye, forester and regional planner, and completed in 1937, the trail extends along the
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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Shenandoah National Park

Address:3655 US Hwy 211E
Luray, VA 22835

Phone:540-999-3500
Fax:540-999-3601
Web: www.nps.gov/shen/
Size: 199,074 acres.
Established: Authorized on May 22, 1926; fully established on December 26, 1935. Wilderness designated on October 20, 1976 and September 1, 1978.
Location:Headquarters is 3 miles west of Thornton Gap and 4 miles east of Luray on US 211 in Virginia. Four entrances to the park are at I-66 and US 340 to the north entrance at Front Royal, US 211 to the central entrance at Thornton Gap, US 33 to Swift Run Gap, and I-64 to the Rockfish Gap entrance at the southern end of the park and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Facilities:Campground (é), picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabin rental, lodging, groceries, restaurant/snacks, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife viewing, bicycling, auto touring, ranger-led walks, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road, winds through hardwood forests along the crest of this outstanding portion of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with spectacular vistas of the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont. Park features more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail (see separate entry in national trails section).

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Caption: Becker playing at the summit of Hawksbill Mountain in Shenandoah National Park
Entrance to the Shenandoah National Park will be complimentary on June 25, 2011, while other free days at the park are April 16 to 24, June 21, September 24 and November 11 to 13, 2011.
national parks, which were carved out of public lands, Shenandoah National Park was in part created through the condemnation of private lands held by more than 500 families, many of which had been on their land for generations.
Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
"As our national population grows by a few million citizens each year, it becomes and ever-bigger challenge to ensure that visitors can enjoy their national parks without overwhelming them with traffic, damaging their health and diminishing their uniqueness," said CNPSR executive council chair and former Shenandoah National Park superintendent Bill Wade.
Yet that didn't end the region's bear poaching, notes Skip Wissinger, a Park Service special agent in the Shenandoah National Park's Elkton, Va., office.
Doubling the number of trucks will certainly alter this peaceful, rural valley, which runs parallel to the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. Local environmentalists are alarmed by the plan to pave thousands of acres of land.
Shenandoah National Park in Virginia recently eliminated 79 percent of its seasonal maintenance staff.
Horning pinpoints the 1930s as a pivotal era in which the work projects of the New Deal aided in the construction of a Jamestown without a hint of failure and a Shenandoah National Park that idealized the rural past even as its creators displaced physical evidence of that past from the landscape.
The beautiful Shenandoah National Park begins in northern Virginia and runs southwesterly through the state.
This one-level structure is nestled in a beautiful secluded wooded setting, minutes from the Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, and attractions in Luray, Va.
Friedman's point is illustrated by a recent article in The Washington Post by Peter Whoriskey about the Shenandoah National Park: "Budget constraints have been shrinking what visitors can find at the park." Indeed, what is needed is not less money, but more funds for park operations--money to better monitor air pollution that is "stunting forest growth and pocking leaves with black spots," to catch poachers who are slaughtering the park's black bears, to eradicate invasive pests that are decimating the park's hemlock trees, and to study and control the effects of acid rain, which is killing young black trout.

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