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Shenandoah National Park is a unique mountaintop destination where the views are immense. Plan your visit to include special events and maybe a travel package.
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Shenandoah National Park is an expanse of majestic land - 197,438.76 acres, to be exact - that includes eight counties:
Shenandoah National Park exists thanks to Virginians who persevered to establish a National Park in the eastern United States. The Park was authorized May 22, 1926 and established December 26, 1935. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Shenandoah National Park July 3, 1936.
"…with the smell of the woods, and the wind in the trees, they will forget the rush and strain of all the other long weeks of the year, and for a short time at least, the days will be good for their hearts and for their souls. "
Four entrances (mapped below) allow visitors to traverse the 105 miles of the scenic Skyline Drive and take in the sites along 75 overlooks. The renowned Appalachian Trail runs 101 of the 518 miles of hiking trails that meander the Park. See a Shenandoah National Park trail map.
Shenandoah National Park is home to some of Virginia's best hiking trails in addition to the Appalachian Trail. Several trails even lead to waterfalls.
Old Rag Mountain
Perhaps one of the Park's most popular hikes, the 8.8-mile climb and rock scramble to Old Rag is strenuous. Warm up with a near-mile walk to the trailhead from the parking area near Nethers on route 600. Plenty of water, layers of clothing, and hiking partners are strongly suggested. Pets are not allowed on Ridge Trail leading to Old Rag.Download the Trail Map
Another wildly popular trail is Whiteoak Canyon. Why so popular? Six waterfalls reward your effort! The falls range from 35 to 86 feet and feature swimming holes at the bottom of each. Hike in one mile for the lower falls or on up another two miles (and steeper grade) to the upper falls. Park off route 600 at the Boundary Trailhead. Whiteoak Canyon can also be accessed from Skyline Drive at milepost 42.6. You'll encounter the upper falls first on a 4.6-mile out-and-back hike. If you wish to go to the lower falls, know that it's a steep climb back up and adds another 2.7 miles round trip. Download the Trail Map
Stony Man Trail
Shenandoah National Park has wicked views and Stony Man boasts one of the best. The hike is 1.6 mile circuit from milepost 41.7 on Skyline Drive. It's a fairly easy hike, but pets are not allowed. Download the Trail Map
Dark Hollow Falls
These falls are probably the most accessible around. Just off Skyline Drive at milepost 50.7, the falls cascade 70 feet over greenstone. All said, this is a 1.5-mile round trip from the car. Download the Trail Map
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