Shenandoah National Park 75th Anniversary, Luray, Va, June 25, 2011

June 25, 2011 is the 75th anniversary of the beautiful Shenandoah National Park, and so in honor of that, I present to you a compiled list of random facts about this area. Enjoy!

– Congress authorized the creation of the park of May 22, 1926

-. The park was officially established on December 27, 1935

– Many of the roads and trails were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

–. There are over 200 different species of birds in the park

– The park contains over 1,300 species of vascular plants, 50 species of mammals, and 27 species of reptiles.

– The park encompasses 197,411 acres total

– 40% of the land in the park is protected by the National Wilderness Preservation System

– Shenandoah National Park is featured in a video game called Tom Clancy’s EndWar.

– This park has the densest population of black bears in the entire U.S.

– This park is the only known location in the world where you can find the Shenandoah Salamander.

© 2011

© 2011

As you can tell, the Shenandoah Nation Park is fascinating, beautiful, historical and overall fantastic, and there is going to be a lovely celebration of its 75th anniversary in Luray, VA. I know you want to check it out, and I also know that you’ll be needing a place to chill while you celebrate the gloriousness of the Shenandoah National Park. Luckily for you, there are some wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area! Try the Mayneview B&B and GreenTree Inn or the South Court Inn Bed and Breakfast.

(Facts are courtesy of and

By Tara Stoll

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