Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive ~ Photo by Robert Sutherland
After forest fires decimated portions of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, on April 30, 2016, officials made this announcement:
“The section of the Appalachian Trail closed by the Rocky Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park is now open,” said Superintendent Jim Northup. “Thanks, again, to the firefighters for all their work.” While some trail closures remain in place, the following trails are now open to hikers in the park.
On Wednesday, May 4th, they released this statement:
“The last of the trails closed by the Rocky Mountain Fire in Shenandoah National Park are now open,” said Superintendent Jim Northup. “We are happy to announce that all the temporary closures related to the fire are lifted. All facilities and services are open … We are grateful for the good, safe work by all the firefighters.”
These trails reopened at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3rd: Rocky Mount Trail, Gap Run Trail, Onemile Run Trail, Brown Mountain Trail, Big Run Portal Trail, Big Run Loop, Rocky Mountain Trail, Austin Mountain Trail, Lewis Peak Trail, Patterson Ridge Trail, Madison Run Spur, and Rockytop Trail.
Words cannot express our gratitude for all those who risked their lives to protect the forest, the park and Appalachian Trail hikers during this tragedy.
Come to the 30th Annual Wildflower Weekend, May 7-8, 2016.