Proposal to Protect Shenandoah Mountain

About Friends

Friends of Shenandoah Mountain is a group of concerned citizens consisting of local residents, businesses, faith communities, wilderness advocates, mountain bikers, hikers, hunters, and other forest users who would like to see the wild heritage of Shenandoah Mountain protected to benefit this and future generations.

Proposal to Protect Shenandoah Mountain

Shenandoah Mountain National Scenic Area - approx 86,482 acres in Augusta, Rockingham, and Highland Counties between Rt. 33 and Rt. 250  See map of proposal.
Includes these proposed Wilderness areas:
Two more areas outside Shenandoah Mountain
Note:  All private land is excluded from the Proposal.  Current roads will remain open for access.
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What's so great about Shenandoah Mountain?

Located west of the Shenandoah Valley in the George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah Mountain is one of the largest tracts of wild land left in the Eastern United States. The ecological and recreational values of the mountain are outstanding, and it deserves lasting protection from logging, mining, additional roads and permanent structures.

  • Encompasses 5 National Forest roadless areas and Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness which are known for their exceptional beauty and outstanding opportunities for solitude.
  • Provides clean drinking water; clean air; and erosion and flood control for Shenandoah Valley residents.
  • Large, substantially unfragmented forest teeming with wildlife. Home to neo-tropical songbirds, black bear, native trout, and a number of rare species
  • Abundant recreational opportunities, including primitive and developed camping, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, rock-climbing, and birding
  • Home to a number of culturally significant landmarks, including Reddish Knob, Hone Quarry, Todd Lake, Confederate Breastworks, and Switzer Dam.
  • A network of 150 miles of  trails, including the Wild Oak National Recreation Trail and a portion of the Great Eastern Trail.  The historic Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built many of the trails.
With foresight, good judgment, determination, and your help we can ensure that this unique, natural area will continue to provide opportunities to enjoy our nation’s natural heritage for generations to come.
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