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Celebrate National Trails Day at Shenandoah National Park

shenandoah national parkCelebrate American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 4.  In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9:15 am to 3:30 pm.  Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.

With over 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah is a paradise for hikers.  There are trails for every goal, from a stroll on the Limberlost Trail to an excursion on the Appalachian Trail.  Enjoy the rewards and challenges of hiking to mountain summits and cascading waterfalls, while reconnecting with family, friends and yourself.

The National Trails Day® event is designed to give novice hikers the information they need to leave their cars behind and venture beyond the trailhead to enjoy Shenandoah National Park’s numerous hiking trails.  Experienced hikers can discuss new ideas with PATC members at displays on Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and wilderness first aid techniques.  Everyone can participate in a hands-on demonstration of the traditional tools used to maintain trails in wilderness, such as crosscut saws, provided by the Shenandoah National Park trail crew throughout the day.

A variety of hikes guided by experienced Trail Patrol members will be offered for people of all ages and experience levels: hikes suitable for families with children as well as easy, moderate, and advanced hikes for adults.  Hikers will need to meet at the registration table at Byrd Visitor Center 15 minutes before the hike time to sign in.  Hikers should wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the season, and bring food and plenty of water for all hikes and a trail lunch for the advanced hikes.

The following hikes will meet at Byrd Visitor Center. Vehicle shuttles may be involved.

Hike Difficulty Distance    Start Time
Story of the Forest Trail Easy 1.8 miles 10:00 a.m.
Appalachian Trail Ramble Easy 2.0 miles 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Dark Hollow Falls Hike Moderate 2.0 miles 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Rose River-Dark Hollow Falls Advanced 4.0 miles 10:00 a.m.
Rapidan Camp National Historic Landmark Advanced 4.0 miles 9:45 a.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged but you may also register on June 4 at Byrd Visitor Center. To pre-register, send an email to Please include your name and which hike you wish to join.

PATC and Trail Patrol are charging no fees to attend or participate in any hike, workshop, or demonstration connected with the event; however, there is a $20-per-car entrance fee to the park (good for seven days). Byrd Visitor Center lies within the park at milepost 51 on Skyline Drive. For more information about the event, visit the PATC website at or contact Trail Patrol at  For more information on the park, visit the park’s website at To see a list of scheduled ranger programs, please visit

“Beyond the Trailhead” celebrates the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June. Since 1993, National Trails Day® has inspired thousands of individuals and community groups to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well-being, protect green space, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails, and instill excitement for the outdoors. National Trails Day®encourages all Americans to get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, businesses, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate and celebrate natural places.

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is the volunteer trails maintenance group headquartered in Vienna, Virginia that maintains 240 miles of mid-Atlantic Appalachian Trail and 730 miles of other trails in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, southern Pennsylvania, and eastern West Virginia. PATC volunteers build and maintain trailside hiker shelters and rustic rental cabins, and publish detailed trails maps, hiking guidebooks, and books detailing the history of the Appalachian region. For more information about PATC and the Trail Patrol, visit the club’s website as

Trail Patrol is the education and outreach arm of the PATC. Trail Patrol members hike area trails to offer information and assistance to hikers and backpackers. Trail Patrol volunteers report trail conditions to PATC trail maintainers and offer public classes in beginning backpacking, hike leadership training, Leave No Trace Trainer, first aid with CPR and wilderness first aid.

A night’s stay at Lackawanna Bed & Breakfast

lackawannaLackawanna Bed & Breakfast, located in Front Royal, makes it easy for you to experience a wide variety of activities. Canoeing, hiking, fine dining, theatre, wineries and visiting historic sites.

Lackawanna (a Delaware Indian word meaning “meeting of the waters”) was built in 1869, by Dorastus Cone who moved to Front Royal soon after the Civil War. The house was named Lackawanna when it was built; probably because Mr. Cone came here from Lackawanna County, PA, and also because the North and South Fork of the Shenandoah River meet at the end of our road. Mr. Cone along with his partners operated the famous water gristmill, known as Riverton Water Mills on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

This home is a pristine example of Italianate architecture popular during the late 1800s. The home remains an elegant reminder of the great craftsmanship found in the homes of that period and had many upscale amenities not found in most homes at that time. The interior doors, woodwork and stairway are native walnut and chestnut. Our bedrooms are very quiet due to the house construction of interior brick walls.

The rooms are spacious and elegant with eleven-foot ceilings. This stately home incorporates the often referred to Double Parlors in the front, each containing fireplaces and full-length windows facing the south fork. Afternoon tea or wine is available and often enjoyed by our guests in the parlor, or weather permitting, in the garden or on the front porch. The house remains structurally as it was built in 1869, with no walls removed or woodwork painted.

Breakfast at Lackawanna is always a special event. All of the ingredients are personally selected for their freshness and in-season availability. Sandy and Phil attended the Culinary Institute in New York taking classes in gourmet breakfasts and baking and they both enjoy preparing this special meal for their guests. The multi-course breakfast menu changes daily and is served in the dining room between 8:30 and 9:30 with all the fine china and linens becoming to the style and era of this Victorian B&B. We are always happy to accommodate special dietary needs, so please don’t be afraid to mention them to us.

The forty-foot front porch facing the Shenandoah River is a much-enjoyed retreat of our guests at breakfast, afternoon tea or for an evening drink.