Shenandoah National Park

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!

—Caroline Griffith

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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.

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December 25, 2013

Wife's favorite park so far, I also like this park. This ear alone 2013 we have visited 4 times. we have camped in the back country, stayed at a hotel, nd at one of the campgrounds. We already have june 2014 planned and reserved for 3 days at one of the campgrounds. Stony Man and Hawksbill are amazing trails and summits. Old Rag is next on the list but not too sure about the rock scramble. On one trip on the drive starting in Front Royal we spotted 15 bear in the first 15 miles of the drive, Just Amazing !!!!


November 10, 2011

We visited Shenandoah over the 4th of July holiday this year. Facilities were well maintained. trails that we hyked were in very good shape over the 20+ miles of trekking we did. Roads were being repaired and open, though Panorama was closed due to reconstuction. Rangers were friendly and visible through out the park, and the parks campgrounds were clean appearing on our drive thrus though we did not use them. We did see bear, deer and wild turkey among other wildlife. This park is a wonderful oasis from the hoorid megalopolous to the east. Thank heavens it's only 5 hours from South Jersey!!!


November 10, 2011

This is my park, and I love it there. I have counted as many as 48 deer in a single morning, along with a dozen raccoons, hawks, squirrels, rabbits, owls, and even a black bear. The sunrises are heavenly, and I love to visit before dawn and commune with the wildlife. It is a special place -- it is my park.

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