Shenandoah National Park: Facts & Information
Shenandoah National Park is located in Virginia about 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C. Its total area is almost 200,000 acres, with almost 80,000 of those acres designated as “wilderness.”
Shenandoah National Park lies along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northern central region of Virginia. These mountains form unique formations that can tower over 4,000 ft. in elevation.
In addition to these geological treasures, Shenandoah National Park also contains cascading waterfalls, stunning vistas, and quiet wooded valleys that are perfect to hike through with friends and family.
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Activities and Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive:The Skyline Drive, the only public road in Shenandoah National Park, runs north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Skyline Drive is 105 miles long with an impressive 75 scenic overlooks.
So when you visit Shenandoah, feel free to roll down the windows and just cruise along what may be the most beautiful road in America.
Hiking: Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of hiking trails, including over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some of these hiking trails lead to a beautiful waterfall or viewpoint; other trails take you deep into the forest and wilderness.
Click here for printable hiking maps from our friends at the National Park Service.
Horseback Riding: one-hour and two-and-half-hour guided horseback rides depart from the Skyland stables throughout the day, weather permitting. The rides depart from the stables, cross over Skyline Drive, travel pass the Limberlost area through an old apple orchard. The stables are located off Skyline Drive at mile 42.5. Call 877-847-1919 – See more here
Weather in Shenandoah National Park
Four distinct seasons make Shenandoah National Park an exciting place to be and see, each and every month.
Spring brings with it wildflowers, and blooming trees. If you get to the park before April, be prepared, as you’ll find it feels like spring in the valleys, and winter as you ascend the mountains.
Summer is brings lush green colors to the valleys and welcomed temperatures during the day. During the evening you will definitely want a sweater, jacket, or a warm campfire to keep you comfy.
Fall is arguably one of the best times to visit Shenandoah National Park. This is because Shenandoah is known for is vibrant foliage that seems to go on forever. Be sure to bring layers with you as temperatures begin to turn colder towards that winter months.
Winter in Shenandoah is not for the faint of heart. As temperatures can go as low as 20 below zero, and with a strong wind can fell like 50 or 60 below. This can cause your gas line to freeze, and leave you stranded. If you’re a brave soul and decide to visit the park in the winter time, please dress warm, bring survival supplies just in case, let rangers know your travel plans and when you expect to return.