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Shenandoah National Park Continues Neighbor Appreciation Day

Shenandoah National Park will celebrate its communities and neighbors with the continuation of Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day.  On July 21, 2012, the park will waive entrance fees for those residents living in the following counties adjoining the park: Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Nelson, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham and Warren.  Shenandoah Neighbors’ Day is an annual event. 

Superintendent Martha Bogle said, “The 75th Anniversary celebration in 2011 was an exciting event for the park and surrounding communities.  We experienced enhanced relationships and communication among the park and our surrounding communities. We hope this fee-free day will continue this momentum into the future.  We encourage our neighbors to continue reconnecting with the park and enjoy a day with their friends and families and getting to know their park better.”

The Shenandoah National Park Association plans to welcome park neighbors by providing residents of the nine counties a 20% discount on all items in their bookstores located in the Dickey Ridge and Byrd visitor centers.  The Shenandoah National Park Association supports the interpretive and educational activities of Shenandoah National Park. 

Visitors wishing to take advantage of this fee-free day and the discounts should be prepared to provide proof of residency by showing their Virginia driver’s license.

For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park or for information about park activities go to or call the park at (540) 999-3500.

About Shenandoah National Park: Established in 1935, Shenandoah National Park encompasses nearly 200,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain habitat, of which nearly 80,000 acres are Congressionally designated Wilderness; Skyline Drive, a National Historic Landmark and Scenic Byway; 500 miles of trails, many leading to waterfalls or breathtaking vistas; and Rapidan Camp, the summer White House of President Hoover.  The park offers recreational opportunities year round; facilities are available spring through late fall.  For more information about Shenandoah, visit

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

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