Timber Hollow Overlook
Mary's Rock Tunnel
When mentioning Shenandoah
National Park, visitors often get that faraway look in their eye, fondly
recalling adventures at this scenic mountain jewel rising high atop Virginia’s
Appalachians. What makes Shenandoah so special? First, consider panoramic views
from overlooks scattered on lofty Skyline
Drive, which runs 105 miles down the length of the 300-square-mile
sanctuary. Additionally, beyond Skyline Drive lies another Shenandoah, where
bears roam the hollows and brook trout ply the tumbling streams. Trail side
flowers color the woods. Quartz, granite, and greenstone outcrops jut above the
diverse forest, allowing far-flung views of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Shenandoah Valley.
It is this beauty near and far that create the unforgettable Shenandoah
Shenandoah -- Virginia’s first
national park -- was dedicated July 3, 1936. Cobbled together along the Blue
Ridge from Front Royal
to Waynesboro, the long
narrow preserve divides the proud Shenandoah Valley from the rolling Piedmont
to the east. The park contains a wide array of flora and fauna as it rises from
a mere 550 feet at its lowest elevation to over 4,049 feet at its highest atop
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