Elkton in Rockingham County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Nature Without Us, For Us
Shenandoah National Park
“The most important function of the wilderness for modern man is the opportunity of glimpsing for a moment what harmony really means.”
Sigurd Olson, Reflections from the North Country, 1976
The Wilderness Act of 1964 says that Wilderness is “affected primarily by the forces of nature.” In federally designated Wilderness, like the Big Run area, we manage with restraint, giving nature room to work as it will, on its own time. Allowing natural events like floods or fires to run their course restores balance to the land. Limited interference from people helps healthy ecosystems flourish. Wilderness protects water, air, and habitats for plants and wild animals. This protection ensures that the waters of Big Run flows out of Shenandoah clean and clear. This benefits all who live downstream, including us.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Natural Features.
Location. 38° 15.232′ N, 78° 41.047′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elkton VA 22827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Appalachian Trail (approx. ¾ mile away); Big Run Watershed (approx. 0.8 miles away); Shenandoah’s Deer (approx. 1.4 miles away); Skyline Drive (approx. 1.4 miles away); Rekindling Nature (approx. 2 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 2.3 miles away); Escape Route (approx. 2½ miles away); Port Republic (approx. 5½ miles away).
More about this marker. The background of the marker features a photograph of Big Run.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.