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Skyline Drive is closed, but Shenandoah Valley is open!

10/1/2013

Due to the government shut-down, Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park are closed. All recreation activities are suspended. Entrances, trailheads, backcountry, visitor facilities, lodges and campgrounds are closed.

Did you know that nearly 25% of the visitors to Shenandoah National Park come in the month of October? Many of those visitors spend time in neighboring communities. The park estimates that visitors to Shenandoah in October generate more than $10 million in economic impact in the gateway communities during that same period. 

Communities in the Shenandoah Valley hope you will still come to the region, despite the temporary closure of the park.

The Shenandoah Valley welcomes all visitors

All lodging, dining, shopping and attractions in the Shenandoah Valley remain open and operating with normal hours.

Explore the region's history and culture at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. To see in person some of Shenandoah’s key sites of the Civil War, consider The New Market Battlefield - about thirty minutes west of Luray. If you should find yourself near Staunton, the Frontier Culture Museum provides a living history interpretive experience of the first American pioneers via authentic English, Irish, German, American and West African farms.

One of the natural wonders of this world is the Natural Bridge. Be sure to visit the region's many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground!

Popular resorts in the Shenandoah Valley include Bryce, The Omni Homestead Resort and Massanutten, all of which offer year-around activities. Historic hotels include Col Alto in Lexington, Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, the Mimslyn Inn in Luray, and the George Washington Hotel in Winchester. If you are looking for a cabin experience near the park look to Page County, the cabin capital of Virginia.

The Shenandoah Valley has always been one of the East Coast's most beautiful regions to explore. Its postcard-like scenery, rich history, incomparable natural resources, outstanding recreational opportunities, fertile fields, and friendly people beckon tens of thousands of travelers every year.

Spring is in the air

This is the season of rebirth. Streams are full, fed by snowmelt, and wildflowers and trees are bursting with a kaleidoscope of color.