The Pinnacles Research Lab (mile post 37) provides lab space and lodging for researchers, volunteers and others who are undertaking work to benefit the park. Demand for the seven-bedroom facility—which the CCC built in 1935—is fierce. Overflow parties must camp on the lawn without access to the bathroom or kitchen, prompting the park to rent chemical toilets and set up tarps for outdoor cooking areas—a less than ideal scenario.
The nearly 80 year-old building needs structural repairs, new appliances and furniture, as well as expanded kitchen and bathroom facilities. This historic building is the only lab-residence in Shenandoah National Park. Because the Park is committed to supporting research and preserving its historic assets, it ranks restoration of the facility amongst its highest priorities. The Shenandoah National Park Trust has committed to undertake the restoration project.