Shenandoah Extending Season: Fall Colors Still Peaking

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The Shenandoah National Park lodges and restaurants are going to remain open until December 8 at Noon. So you can still book a lodge room or cabin at Skyland or even go for Thanksgiving. The National Park Service is sort of offering a “make-up” to allow an extra week and give visitors and hikers a chance to enjoy the park. What’s more, this weekend is “Free Free” and there is no gate admission required to enter Skyline Drive.

When we have warm fall seasons, as we have this year, it delays and prolongs the fall colors on the Shenandoah Mountains. So the leafy canopy is still in full foliage now as we move into Veteran’s Day Weekend. The extended season gives families and outdoors enthusiasts a chance to still catch the color.

According to Fodor’s Travel, early November will still have great vantage points for those within driving distance of the mountains in Virginia.

The Shenandoah National Park has over 197,000 acres of land and most known for panoramic views from Skyline Drive. Most years, getting a room at the Skyland or Big Meadows lodges is near an impossibility. However, with the National Park Service forced to shutdown for a few weeks, many in our Mid-Atlantic Region thought there was no chance to book. Au contraire! Rooms are available at Skyland on Friday, Sunday and Monday of this long Veteran’s Day weekend.

Meanwhile, with Veteran’s Day, Delaware North Companies is offering special blackberry ice cream and it’s signature mile high blackberry pie made with the fruit which grows here indigenously. It’s free for families booking a room night and of course for any member of the Armed Services and their families.

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