Whether you are a local or a visitor, there is so much to do this summer in the Shenandoah National Park. Just 75 miles outside of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park offers outdoor entertainment for just about everyone. If you live in Central Virginia, I encourage you take advantage of this national treasure right in your back yard.
Discover cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows—take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or picnic with the family. Learn about the history of the Valley, and learn about the indigenous animals and plants of the Shenandoah National Park.
Take a hike
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others delve deep into the forest and wilderness. Over 50 types of mammals inhabit the area – keep your eyes open for white-tailed deer, groundhogs, rabbits, and even bobcats.
The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. With 75 overlooks, It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park.
May 7th is a weekend of special hikes, walks, and talks designed to feature Shenandoah’s diverse and beautiful wildflowers. Wildflower Weekend celebrates the over 850 flowering plants that thrive in the Shenandoah National Park.
Explore Shenandoah with a Ranger
Ranger-guided programs give visitors the opportunity to explore the wonders of the park with a ranger. Programs are offered in spring, summer, and fall. Discover the many stories of Shenandoah’s past, take a walk through the splendor of a unique mountain meadow, or learn about the many animals and plants that thrive in Shenandoah National Park.
Blackberry Delight is an annual event held at Skyland each July that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create amazing dishes (even wine!) with fresh berries picked from open areas along the roads, trails and streams of the national park. The day is full of live music, dancing, Shenandoah storytelling, and kid’s activities.
There are four campgrounds in Shenandoah National Park that are open in the spring, summer, and fall. Reservations are recommended.
Mathews Arm (mile 22.1)
Big Meadows (mile 51.2)
Lewis Mountain (mile 57.5)
Loft Mountain (mile 79.5)
What outdoor activities are you looking forward to?