Appalachian Trail Histories

This is a photo of Julianne Williams, a hiker who visited Shenandoah National Park in late May of 1996. Williams, partner Laura Winans, and dog Taj were spending a few days on the Appalachian Trail together. However, Williams and Winans never left the trail; they were murdered sometime between May 24 and June 1, 1996. The crime is still unsolved.

Collection: Hikers
Julianne Williams 1996 Shenandoah National Park Murder Victim.jpg

This is a map from the National Park Service that depicts Shenandoah National Park's Skyline Drive. This map in displays the highway from Mathews Arm to Lewis Mountain.

Map of Skyline Drive and Skyland Resort.pdf

This is the pamphlet that is handed out to guests who vacation to Shenandoah National Park. The lodge is located approximately halfway down the 104-mile-long Skyline Drive, and is the highest point of the highway. This map depicts the numerous cabins that make up the lodge, as well as shows where the Appalachian Trail crosses over and passes by Skyline Drive.

Skyland brochure.pdf

This is a white blaze along the Appalachian Trail, accessed from one of the Skyline Drive overlooks within Shenandoah National Park. The white blaze is commonly painted onto trees to mark the trail.

White Blaze on the Appalachian Trail.JPG

This is a view of Shenandoah National Park from one of the many overlooks along Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive is a famous scenic route that extends the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, with one lane southbound and one lane northbound. Each of these overlooks give tourists a spectacular view such as what is seen in this photo.

Rachel Stierle Shenandoah National Park2.jpg

A menu from the restaurants along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in 1960. Restaurants were located at Skyland, Big Meadows, Panorama (Route 211/Thornton Gap), Elk Wallow, and Dickey Ridge. Today food service is still provided at Skyland, Big Meadows, Elk Wallow, and in the southern section of the park at Loft Mountain. The restaurant at Panorama was removed by the Park Service in 2008 as part of a cost cutting effort.