Only 75 miles from the nation’s capital, Shenandoah National Park is nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. At the park you can see wildlife from black bears to white tailed deer to bobcats, or hike sections of the Appalachian Trail. If you are a fisherman, try the pristine mountain streams for brook trout. Skyline Drive, 105 miles long, is a beautiful scenic drive through the ancient and gently rolling Blue Ridge Mountains. Ride sections of Skyline Drive or the entire length on your bike! Come for the hiking, the wildlife, or just some rest and relaxation!
From Hawksbill, one of the park’s highest peaks at over 4,000 feet and a great day hike, enjoy gorgeous vistas of the Virginia Piedmont to the east and the Shenandoah Valley to the West.
If You Go
If you decide to bike Skyline Drive, be cautious, as they are no bike lanes on the road and many cars.
Air pollution is among the most serious threats to national parks. The National Park Service has established the NPS air quality webcam network to show “live” digital images of more than a dozen parks. Click here to see current air conditions at Shenandoah National Park.