For the 30th year, major portions of the Skyline Drive will be closed at night during hunting season to reduce illegal hunting within the Shenandoah National Park, a wildlife sanctuary.
From Nov. 9 through Jan. 2, 2010, the Skyline Drive between Front Royal (Mile 0 at Rt. 340) and Thornton Gap (Mile 31 at Rt. 211), and between Swift Run Gap (Rt. 33) and Rockfish Gap (Rt. 250), will be closed daily between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. The portion of the Drive between Thornton Gap and Swift Run Gap, will remain open for access to Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Campground until those facilities close Nov. 29. Then, the entire length of the Skyline Drive will be closed overnight.
The closing allows park rangers to concentrate patrols on problem areas and along the park boundary, according to Park Superintendent Martha Bogle. The park also pays rewards to those who, confidentially, offer information that leads to the conviction of any person who hunts, transports, or attempts to transport illegally taken wildlife within the park. Call park headquarters at 1-800-732-0911 or (540) 999-2227) for more information.