~ Press release issued by Shenandoah National Park
LURAY — Shenandoah National Park’s webcams have long been one of its most popular web features. Whether providing the opportunity to check the status of fall color or watch the snow fall from the safety of home, webcams have been an important tool for connecting with the public. The Park has recently launched two new webcams that will enhance webcam viewers’ experience.
The “View From the Valley” webcam features a live-feed view of the Park’s central portion from the valley. Located near Luray, Virginia, the webcam scans from Neighbor Mountain near Route 211 all the way south to Big Meadows, and captures the essence of Shenandoah National Park as an oasis of wild land in the east. The pre-set tour reveals iconic Blue Ridge Mountain crests including Marys Rock, Stony Man, and Shenandoah National Park’s highest peak, Hawksbill.
An additional webcam, “Big Meadows Live” replaces one of the long-term favorites atop the visitor center at Big Meadows. Rather than a fixed photo, this new, live-feed tour includes “stops” with zooms and wide shots capturing the splendor of the landscape in all seasons across the entire meadow. Both webcams are full video, 4K, high definition.
The installation of the new webcams is made possible by the support of long-time Park partner, Shenandoah National Park Association (SNPA). Founded in 1950, the Association operates the visitor center stores, contributing 100% of its profits to support the educational efforts of Shenandoah National Park. SNPA is hosting the “View From the Valley” webcam from its new office/warehouse on Highway 340 just south of Luray.
“It’s exciting for the Association to have a great location and the internet capacity to provide the Valley cam for visitors,” Executive Director Greta Miller said. “The mountain skyline is so beautiful from the valley and watching the different seasons will be spectacular.”
“The Big Meadows live cam is a great addition for visitors to experience the meadow, especially for those who may never be able to come in person,” Miller added. “Both of these cameras will be a great asset to the park’s interpretive program and SNPA is pleased to provide funding for this project.”
The webcams can be accessed from the Park’s website www.nps.gov/shen.
Learn more about SNPA’s mission at https://snpbooks.org/
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