Parks and Recreation

Running Home to Rappahannock County

The finish line for Katie Arnold’s first-place victory in Saturday’s Fodderstack Classic 10K — a giant blown-up arch with computerized timing — is a far cry from the uneven chalk line she crossed as a young girl in 1981, her National Geographic photographer dad David Arnold of Huntly awaiting her arrival on Gay Street to capture the moment. […]

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Elusive Indian Copper Mine still guards its treasure

“The Stony Man and Dark Hollow mines are near trails and findable still,” the author noted in 1988. “Several similar mines outside the park boundary . . . might also be found with determined effort. I’m not sure anybody now could find the Mount Marshall Mine that’s inside the park, but it was on the 6,666-acre John J. Miller tract in Rappahannock County in 1907. […]

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Parks board updates policy for pavilion rental

Demand for renting the pavilion has increased over the years with some groups having to be turned away. To increase the number of rental opportunities, the Board has decided to offer two rental periods per day. Groups may now rent the pavilion either from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or from 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. […]

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Mule team to supply remote moonshiner’s cabin in Shenandoah Park

According to the PATC, which rents the moonshiner’s cabin to the public for $30 a night on weeknights and $45 on weekends, the structure consists of a main floor with 2 bunks, an eating area with counter space, a wood stove (the fireplace has not been operational) and large covered porch in the front. […]

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County park being spruced up

The Rappahannock County Recreational Facilities Authority — aka the Rappahannock County Park off Highway 211 at the entrance to Washington — is turning over a new leaf. Its board is initiating several multi-year projects to make the park more ecologically stable and serve as a model for Rappahannock County residents. […]

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Discovering Hoover and his hidden jewel in Shenandoah National Park

Students of American history will argue that few U.S. presidents have been as mischaracterized as Herbert Hoover. With the nation mired in the Great Depression, a familiar refrain was that the 31st president ignored common Americans in their most dire time of need. Arguably, the opposite is true. […]

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$96 million spent in communities bordering Shenandoah Park

A new National Park Service report shows that 1.46 million visitors to Shenandoah National Park in 2017 spent $95.8 million “in communities near the park.” That spending supported 1,204 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $126 million. […]


Realizing a ‘dream’ — literally

A few weeks after her dog Madison had become ill during a snowstorm that left them unable to leave their home, Trish had a dream — as in when she was sound asleep — where a portable stretcher began to fold and unfold repeatedly before her eyes. […]

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Shenandoah Park scraps proposed $70 per vehicle entry fee, settles on $30

The National Park Service announced last Friday that Shenandoah National Park will slightly modify its entrance fees by $5, starting June 1, to provide additional funding for infrastructure and maintenance needs. The new fee will be $30 per vehicle carload, $25 per motorcycle and $15 per person on bicycle or foot. […]

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Shenandoah Park celebrates National Park Week

Shenandoah National Park will host special events to celebrate National Park Week from April 21 to April 29. Entrance fees will be waived at Shenandoah, and all National Park Service sites, on April 21. Join the park for ranger programs, presentations, ranger led hikes, and the annual Junior Ranger Day. […]


Paint your way through Shenandoah

Artists are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Artist-in-Residence Program at Shenandoah National Park. The program offers professional artists focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of this astounding landscape. […]

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The Fodderstack Classic 10K at 40

This year, as in the past 39, all proceeds from the race will go to benefit the Rappahannock County Park. Among the planned improvements are to make the park entrance ADA-compliant, improving the accessibility for people with disabilities. […]