Wildfire in VA Closes Appalachian Trail

Published Jul 6, 2012

A fire began burning from a lightning strike on June 26, 2012 in Page County, VA's portion of the Shenandoah National Park.

That blaze is roughly 55% contained, but is not expected to be contained fully until July 15.

As a result, the Appalachian Trail (AT) has been closed in the area.

The US Forest Service reports the fire on and around Neighborhood Mountain has burned well over 2,100 acres.

The fire has caused these closings of the AT:

  • Elkwallow to Beahms Gap
  • Jeremys Run
  • Neighbor Mountain
  • Knob Mountain and
  • Knob Mountain Cutoff.

Jeremys Run Overlook and Byrds Nest No. 4 shelter have also been shut down temporarily.

We extend our thanks to those who are fighting these fires.

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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