Encompassing parts of 8 counties and sections of the Blue RIdge Mountains, is the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The park has been attracting visitors to the Shenandoah Valley since it was established in 1935. It is over 100 miles long, stretching from Front Royal to Waynesboro. Perhaps the most prominent feature of the park is the Skyline Drive, a scenic 105-mile drive, which runs the the entire length of the park along the mountain ridges.
Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, attracts visitors year round, but especially during the fall season change. Visitors may also experience some of the plentiful wildlife that lives along the drive. The main entrances to the drive are in Front Royal, Luray and Harrisonburg. There is also an entrance to the Appaachian Trail along the Skyline Drive.
Shenandoah National Park offers a little bit of everything to the outdoor enthusiast. There are countless trails for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding and exploring; scenic overlooks along the Skyline Drive; and canoeing, rafting, swimming, and fishing in the Shenandoah River. If you're not interested in staying in a hotel, there are many campgrounds and cabins, as well as two lodges: Skyland Resort and Big Meadow Lodge.
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Stoney Man Mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, overlooking the town of Luray and Page County.
Stoney Man Mountain is the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, overlooking the town of Luray and Page County.Photo: Shenandoah National Park