Shenandoah National Park

Virginia, United States North America icon North America

Shenandoah National Park is located in the northern part of Virginia, southwest of Washington DC. The park covers an area of 124.3 square miles (322 sq km).

The Blue Ridge Mountains are the heart of Shenandoah National Park. The ridge of mountains and the park is long and narrow running up the western side of northern Virginia. The wide valley of the Shenandoah River.

Just under half of the park area has been recognized as a wilderness protected area. There are at least 10 waterfalls spread throughout the park.  Overall Run Falls is the tallest waterfall in the park reaching a height of 93 feet (28 m).

The forested mountain range is an excellent habit for a number of wildlife species.  Some of the more popular wildlife sightings include black bears, white-tailed deer, coyotes, beaver, raccoons, skunks, opossums, woodchucks, and river otters.

There are over 200 species of birds found throughout the park creating a haven for bird watchers.  One of the more intriguing species is the wild turkey.

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Highlights

The national park is a highlight because it provides such an amazing escape into pristine nature from nearby metropolises like Washington DC.  It is a place that makes for easy day trips or weekend getaways while turning off the hustle of life in the cities.

Blue Ridge Mountains

The larger Blue Ridge Mountains range extends from Georgia in the south up to Pennsylvania in the north. The larger range covers a distance of 550 miles (885.1)

The Blue Ridge Mountains are renowned for their blue tint that blankets across the tops of the forested range.

Hawksbill Mountain

Although not the tallest mountain in the state, Hawksbill is the tallest summit in the park reaching a peak of 4,051 feet (1,235 m).

Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is a scenic road that travels 105 miles (169 km) through the heart of the national park. It runs the entire distance from the northern part of the park down to the southern exit of the park.

The scenic drive follows along the ridge of the mountains providing many different viewpoints out of the national park and surrounding area. It is recognized as a National Scenic Byway.

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Shenandoah Trails

Just over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail runs through the heart of the park.  There are over 500 miles (800 km) of trails that provide excellent opportunities to commune with solidarity in nature.

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Shenandoah Highlights

  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Hawksbill
  • Skyline Drive

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