The very best way to experience Shenandoah is on Skyline Drive. It’s one of the most incredible drives in America, period. When you enter from the north, you start by descending down into an old-growth forest and then climb the ridge with its sweeping curves that feature scenic vistas of rolling, forests mountains on either side of the road. When you reach the end of the road, you’ll definitely want to hook up with the Blue Ridge Parkway nearby to keep the great views rolling.
“200,000 acres of cascading waterfalls, and spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows”
Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows—take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or picnic with the family. 200,000 acres of protected lands are haven to deer, songbirds, the night sky…and you. Plan a Shenandoah escape today!
This place is phenomenal. Every inch of it is just stunningly beautiful. I was here for 2 days and got through about half of it. I saw 2 waterfalls, that wasn't too strenuous of a hike. We also hiked to the Stony Man mountain overlook. There are a lot of varying levels of difficulty of hikes, so it's good for a beginner like me , all the way to extreme hikers. It's one of the best trips I have ever taken.
This park is amazing! The views are breathtaking, with many opportunities along Skyline Dr. We stayed at Loft Mountain Campground and Mathews Arm Campground. Each campground offered a different type of camping experience; both were interesting and comfortable. (no electricity or water at sites) Gorgeous park, a must-see for everyone!
This place is amazing. Just returned from 2.5 days of hiking and barely scratched the surface of everything the park has to offer. Stayed at Loft Mountain campground one night and Big Meadows the next. Hikes included Doyles River/Jones Run, Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run, and Lewis Falls trails. Saw countless waterfalls, breathtaking overlooks and a couple of deer (never spotted a bear, but they’re out there). As a native Virginian, I’m mad at myself for having waited so long to check out this fantastic park.
I have been to this park over a dozen times easily and each time has been absolutely amazing. One of my favorite places in the world if not favorite. I can't say enough about this place.
Absolutely beautiful place!! But make sure you go on a lot of hikes, every trail is different and its own adventure.
Three words: Old Rag Hike!! The park won't let you down. Waterfalls galore, amazing foggy sunrise/sets and awesome wildlife! If you're coming to the park, be sure to camp!
While the scenery is beautiful, we found driving the whole skyline drive too much... lucky for us, you can get on and off at several spots. After driving the first leg, we got off and continued our journey on the nearby highway. The view was actually just as good from the highway since you're not as close to the trees.
Just beautiful and so much to see. Waterfalls, deer, vistas, friendly people, and what I came to refer as "land of a billion squirrels". Caught a gorgeous sunset. Plan to go again when we can spend more time there.
Cool place in Virginia that I recently learned was there. I can't wait to go back.
Very beautiful- lots of scenic overlooks. Spent a few days in Smoky Mountains National Park and then drove through Shenandoah and saw a bear right off the road. (Didn't see one in GSMNP). Will definitely visit here again and do some hiking.
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Shenandoah National Park
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