Though Shenandoah National Park is only a narrow ribbon on the map, stretching 70 mi along the Blue Ridge but rarely more than 5 mi wide, it is easy to imagine being much deeper in the wilderness as you travel through it or spend a night camping here. Steep, wooded ridges with rocky slopes stand out in the foreground of vistas taking in the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont to the east. Skyline Drive traverses the park end to end, from Waynesboro to Front Royal, and is the most common way to see the park. But hikers can find beautiful terrain just yards from the drive on some of the park's 500 mi of trails, trout fishers may wade into more than 25 streams, and riders can rent horses for wilderness trail rides. Those who want to know more about the area's flora and fauna may want to take a guided hike, which naturalists lead daily throughout the season. The seasonal activities of the park are outlined in the Shenandoah Overlook, a free newspaper you can pick up on entering the park or on the park's Web site.
Luray, Virginia, United States
Sep 25, 2009
When our children were young we always took them on historic outings, eg, Williamsburg, Monticello. One year we drove home using the beautiful Skiyline Drive. We stayed in the quaint Skyline Lodge. As we settled in and looked out the back deck, we were awed by the wildlife so close .... so beautiful and peaceful. As evening descended, a fog rolled in and our room actually filled with this rare occurrence. It is something none of us will ever
forget. Then ... we went to the lounge associated with the lodge .... and we were entertained by this little, old banjo player. He noticed my daughter's grinning face and and had her innocently sit on his lap to help entertain the audience. These are memories that glue a family together.
Jul 31, 2008
Shenandoah National Park may very well be one of the most beautiful places on earth! I love this place! You will definitely see whitetail deer and probably some black bears if you go the right time of year. It is $15 to get into the park/per car, but the pass is good for 7 days.