Built in 1911, Boulder Cabin was part of the original Skyland Resort. When Congress established Shenandoah National Park in 1926, most of the Skyland buildings were torn down. But Boulder Cabin remained and became a Park Ranger office. However, as federal funding for national parks decreased, Shenandoah National Park’s workforce contracted and Boulder Cabin was abandoned. It has stood vacant for over 20 years.
Hawksbill Observation Platform
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the Trust committed to restore the stone observation platform at Hawksbill, along with the trails leading up to the summit. The goal of this project was to preserve this important landmark, while making it safer and more readily accessible to the public.
Pinnacles Research Facility
SNP Trust worked in partnership with the National Park Service to restore and modernize the historic Pinnacles Research Facility located in the heart of Shenandoah National Park. Built in 1935, the facility is one of only two remaining Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp buildings in Shenandoah, and the only one that has been in continuous use since its construction. The goal was to honor the history of the facility while providing modern amenities that maximize its current and future use for the researchers, volunteers and other stakeholders—including universities, agencies like USGS, and nonprofits like the American Chestnut Foundation—who use the facility regularly for staging research and conducting trainings and meetings.
There is no other facility of its kind in Shenandoah National Park.
Old Rag Parking Lot & Archaelogical Dig
SNP Trust was able to purchase the property from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and donated it to the park. We funded an archaeological study on the property, as well, required by the National Park Service.