Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, Shenandoah features rolling tree-lined hills, wooded hollows, spectacular waterfalls and a diversity of wildlife,
all easily accessible from the scenic Skyline Drive. The park preserves a remarkable slice of southern Appalachian natural history and beauty.
Shenandoah’s forested landscape and 3,500-foot elevation range provides a variety of habitats for creatures large and small.
The park is home to over 50 mammals, 20 reptiles and amphibians, and an unknown number of insects. There are also over 1,400 species of vascular plants within the park.
What is the role of the Endangered Species Act?
National parks would not be complete without the animals and plants that call them home. The Endangered Species Act is the most important tool to make sure species vital to the parks are protected for the long term.