Shenandoah National Park

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    Make your destination a journey.

    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.


     

    History | Recreation | Events | Travel Packages & Deals

     

     

    History

    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. "
    —President Franklin D. Roosevelt, dedication of Shenandoah National Park, July 3, 1936

    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.

     

    Recreation

    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

    Whiteoak Canyon
    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

Skyline Drive Entrances

Upcoming Events

Twilight Hikes
Twilight Hikes

Apr. 7 - Nov. 10 - Shenandoah Seasonings Cooking Demos - Join the culinary staff at Skyland Resort on Tuesdays as our chefs reveal secrets of their recipes. ...

Mar. 31 - Nov. 3 - Shenandoah Valley Cloggers in Shenandoah National Park - The Shenandoah Valley Cloggers have been providing entertainment at Skyland since 1984. Enjoy this ...

Apr. 9 - Nov. 12 - Virginia Wine Tasting at Skyland Resort - Sample the fine wines of a Virginia Vineyard at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah ...

Jul. 30, Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27, Sep. 3, 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 - Basket Making Workshop in Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive - Local basket artisan, Clyde Jenkins, returns to Shenandoah to share his talent of basket making. ...

Aug. 7, Sep. 18 - Night Skies in Shenandoah National Park - National Parks are becoming a refuge for many people from city lights and light pollution. Join ...

Aug. 8, 22 - Twilight Hikes from Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park - Easy to enjoy, these evening hikes feature the natural world as it settles into evening. Hiking out ...

Aug. 9, 16, 30, Sep. 6, 20, 27, Oct. 11, 18 - 1930s thru 60s Music at Big Meadows Lodge - Enjoy entertaining music of the 1930s thru 60s in the New Market Taproom at Big Meadows Lodge. ...

Aug. 20, Sep. 17, Oct. 15 - Hi-Horse Cloggers - Skyland Resort is pleased to have the Hi-Horse Cloggers of Stanardsville, Virginia return for the ...

Aug. 22 - Watercolor Painting Workshops in Shenandoah National Park - Shenandoah National Park has a unique natural beauty and we will let this scenery inspire you to ...

Sep. 19 - Apple Butter Celebration in Shenandoah National Park - Saturday - Sept. 19 10:00am to 5:00pm Come to Skyland as the staff sets up the copper ...

Oct. 3 - A Walk For Sunshine in Shenandoah National Park - Jeff Alt, a talented speaker and award-winning author of A Walk for Sunshine, enjoys sharing his ...

Travel Packages & Deals

Mar. 26 - Nov. 29 - Bed & Breakfast in Shenandoah National Park - Book your reservation now at Shenandoah with the Bed & Breakfast Package! Available at Skyland ...

Mar. 26 - Nov. 29 - Shenandoah Spectacular Package - Visit Shenandoah National Park and stay inside the park at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge. ...

Mar. 26 - Nov. 28 - Skyline Sweetheart Package in Shenandoah National Park - Shenandoah National Park is a perfect romantic getaway just for the two of you. Just picture one or ...

Last Updated: 6/10/2015 3:30 PM
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