Despite a late winter blast of sleet and snow expected tonight, the Shenandoah National Park announced today that facilities will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring.
The Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will continue to be open on weekends, weather permitting, until March 29. Then the center will be open seven days a week. The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center will open Thursday through Monday beginning April 4. Beginning May 10, the visitor center will be open seven days a week.
The Big Meadows Campground will open April 25, the Lewis Mountain Campground on April 2 and the Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain campgrounds will open May 7.
The Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River, and Dundo Picnic Grounds are currently open. The Lewis Mountain picnic grounds will open April 2, the Dickey Ridge will open April 4 and Big Meadows Picnic Grounds will open April 25.
Delaware North Companies will begin rehabilitation of concessions-operated buildings, according to park officials. Visitors can expect upgrades and several public restrooms and rehabilitions of 48 guest rooms.
“This is the first year of many under the contract that DNC is investing in our visitor facilities and working to reduce the maintenance backlog,” said Chad Tinney, park concessions specialists, in a statement.
Park officials say the restaurant and lodges will open on the following schedule: Skyland Resort will open March 27; Lewis Mountain Cabins and Lewis Mountain Campstore will open April 2; Big Meadows Wayside will open April 4; Elkwallow and Loft Mountain waysides will open April 11; Big Meadows Shower/Laundry will open April 25 and Loft Mountain Campstore and Loft Mountain Showers and Laundry will open May 7; Big Meadows Lodge will open May 14.
For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park go to http://www.nps.gov/shen or call the park at (540) 999-3500.