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.
Location. 38° 15.232′ N, 78° 41.047′ W. Marker is in Elkton, Virginia, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Skyline Drive (at milepost 81.2), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in Big Run Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Elkton VA 22827, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 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.
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2016, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.