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Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

 

 

 

Location: Front Royal, VA Map

Area: 199,017 acres (805.39 km2)

www.nps.gov/shen

 

 

 

 

Description of Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park covers an area of 199,017 acres (805.39 km2) of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia in the United States. Shenandoah National Park spans part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the foothills of the state of Virginia. The highest peak is Hawksbill Mountain, which rises to 1,235 meters. Shenandoah National Park is famous for the road called Skyline Drive which runs through the park for 169 km. It is mostly frequented in the fall, when the leaves of the trees change color. The park has several paths such as a section of the Appalachian Trail among the 800 km of trails in the park. There are also ten waterfalls and camping opportunities, horseback riding, etc.

 

Mammals include Whitetail Deer, American Black Bear, Bobcat, Raccoon, Skunk, Northern Opossum, Red and Gray Fox, and Florida Cottontail. More than 200 species of birds live in the park, of which about 30 species hibernate here. 32 species of fish live in the waters of the park.

 

 

 

Fees and permits
Shenandoah National Park is one of the NPS units that charge an entry fee. The following fee types are available:

1-7 days per vehicle: $10 Dec-Feb, $15 Mar-Nov
1-7 days per motorcycle: $10
1-7 day per person (e.g. visiting by bicycle, bus): $5 Dec-Feb, $8 Mar-Nov
Annual pass (may be signed by up to two people): $30
There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Shenandoah National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

 

 

 

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