Big Meadows

Stanley, Virginia

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Follow paths through a landscape probably created by Native Americans and maintained as such because of long use by the mountain people and by the park service. As you hike, remember that Big Meadows has a known geologic history of close to 40,000 years, during which time the climate varied from tropical to that of northern Canada. Archaeologists know that American Indians first hunted and camped in the meadow nearly 8,000 years ago, when the climate was colder. These early hunters may have used fi re to keep the area open, but there is no scientific evidence to verify this.
Hiking Shenandoah National Park

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Hiking Shenandoah National Park

by Bert & Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)

Follow paths through a landscape probably created by Native Americans and maintained as such because of long use by the mountain people and by the park service.

As you hike, remember that Big Meadows has a known geologic history of close to 40,000 years, during which time the climate varied from tropical to that of northern Canada. Archaeologists know that American Indians first hunted and camped in the meadow nearly 8,000 years ago, when the climate was colder. These early hunters may have used fi re to keep the area open, but there is no scientific evidence to verify this.

© 2016 Bert & Jane Gildart/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Stanley
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Take an hour, take all day; quit when you are tired
Season: Spring to Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shenandoah National Park
Local Maps: National Geographic Trails Illustrated Topographic Map 228; Map 10, Appalachian Trail and Other Trails in Shenandoah National Park, Central District
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Meadows

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