News Category: Visitor Spotlight

  • Shenandoah National Park: It’s a family affair


    When Congress authorized the creation of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, it was with the condition that no federal dollars would be spent and that the land had to be donated to the federal government. Mr. Coner Yates, a dairy farmer from Culpeper, had a keen sense that establishing a national park in this part […]

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  • Kevin Adams: Meet the Artist

    Kevin Adams in Studio

    National Parks have long served as a source of inspiration for artist Kevin Adams.  Acknowledging his talent in this arena, the U.S. Department of Interior commissioned Adams to paint a series of Grand Canyon National Park for its 75th anniversary and Glacier National Park for its 85th anniversary.  For each project, Kevin spent many weeks […]

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  • Ian Cooper: Conquering Challenges

    Ian Cooper Hiking

    Before Ian Cooper was old enough to walk, his parents would strap him into a back-carrier and head to Shenandoah National Park. According to his mother, Ian was always at home in the woods.  Today, at age 15, Ian is an avid hiker who continues to explore Shenandoah regularly. He’s particularly fond of waterfalls, scented […]

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  • 75 Reasons to Visit, Play and Win!


    What is the speed limit on Skyline Drive? Which county is known as the Gateway to the Blue Ridge? Play 75 Reasons to Visit Shenandoah National Park and the Surrounding Communities to learn about this outstanding region…and win great prizes! Download your game card from Find the answers in the park’s visitor centers and […]

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  • Dam Buster

    Shenandoah National Park Trust welcomes Maureen Finnerty to our board of trustees. Maureen dedicated 31 years to the National Park Service before retiring in 2005 and brings a wealth of experience to the Trust. Among other accomplishments, Maureen helped establish the South Florida National Parks Trust and the Washington National Parks Fund, two successful sister-groups […]

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  • Why I give

    Living near the Everglades as a child was Janet Eden’s first exposure to national parks, and she has been a fan ever since. Yosemite, Rocky Mountain, Great Smokies and of course, Shenandoah, are among her favorite destinations.  In fact, her decision to move to Central Virginia in 2008 was based in part on its proximity […]

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  • No ordinary day in the park

    Ever since moving to Central Virginia about 6 years ago, Shenandoah National Park has been a very important place to me. I have spent many a warm day, cold day, and even night hiking trails. It has become a getaway when I am stressed as well as a place to enjoy the solitude and beauty […]

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