“200,000 acres of cascading waterfalls, and spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows”
Gazing across the horizon from the peaks of Shenandoah National Park, it's hard to believe you are just 75 miles from the bustle of our nation's capital. Skyline Drive, the park's scenic byway, has over 75 overlooks providing spectacular views. 500 miles of trails lead hikers to waterfalls, vistas, and the quiet of the woods. Benton McKaye, the “father of the Appalachian Trail,” was also instrumental in passage of the Wilderness Act. Shenandoah National Park carries on Benton McKaye’s legacy with 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail and almost 80,000 acres of designated wilderness. Shenandoah National Park encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the U.S. state of Virginia. This national park is long and narrow, with the broad Shenandoah River and Valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east. Although the scenic Skyline Drive is likely the most prominent feature of the Park, almost 40% of the land area 79,579 acres has been designated as wilderness and is protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The highest peak is Hawksbill Mountain at 4,051 feet. The park is best known for Skyline Drive, a 105 mile road that runs the entire length of the park along the ridge of the mountains. The drive is particularly popular in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail are also in the park. In total, there are over 500 miles of trails within the park. Of the trails, one of the most popular is Old Rag Mountain, which offers a thrilling rock scramble and some of the most breathtaking views in Virginia. There is also horseback riding, camping, bicycling, and many waterfalls. The Skyline Drive is the first National Park Service road east of the Mississippi River listed as a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also designated as a National Scenic Byway.
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.
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.
All I can say is don't skip Bear Mountain Trail! Totally Awesome Hike or should I say Rock Scramble!!!
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!
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Shenandoah National Park
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