Park to implement hunting season night closures

Shenandoah National Park Superintendent Jim Northup announced this week that portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night during hunting season. He noted that this is the 36th year that this closure has been undertaken and stressed its importance in reducing illegal hunting activity within the park during Virginia’s hunting season outside the park.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 14, and ending Sunday, Jan. 8, Skyline Drive between Front Royal (Mile 0 at U.S. 340) and Thornton Gap (Mile 31 at U.S. 211) and between Swift Run Gap (Mile 65 at U.S. 33) and Rockfish Gap (Mile 105 at U.S. 250) will be closed daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

The central portion of the drive, between Thornton Gap and Swift Run Gap, will remain open for overnight access to the Skyland Resort until that facility closes on Nov. 27. Beginning Monday, Nov. 28, and ending Sunday, Jan. 8, the entire length of the Skyline Drive will be closed daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m.

“Closing portions of the Skyline Drive enables rangers to concentrate patrols on problem areas and to increase contacts along the park boundary,” Northup said.

Northup also reminded the public that the park has a reward program to assist in combating illegal hunting in the park. “A reward will be paid to anyone who furnishes information which leads to the conviction of any person who hunts, transports, or attempts to transport illegally taken wildlife within the park,” said Northup. Anyone with information about such activities should call the park (800-732-0911 or 540-999-2227). The identity of persons furnishing information will be kept strictly confidential, and a person does not have to reveal his or her name.

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