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Blue Moon Hike in Shenandoah National Park

By Susan Larson

Hike in the light of the blue moon in Shenandoah National Park on July 31, 2015.

Rangers will lead you to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain, the highest peak in the park, on the night of the second full moon of the month. This so called “blue moon” occurs about every three years, because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched.

Meet at the Upper Hawksbill parking lot at mile 46.7 on Skyline Drive. Rangers say to come prepared with layers of clothing for cool mountain nights, sturdy shoes, a flashlight or headlamp, and water. Although we’ll be walking by moonlight, it’s a good idea to bring a flashlight or headlamp, too.

The hike is two miles round trip, and is expected to last two and a half hours. The elevation change from the parking lot to the summit is about 520 feet.

The hike is free. For more information, contact Byrd Visitor Center at 540-999-3500, ext. 3283.

The last Blue Moon in the Americas was in August 2012. The next one? January 2018.

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