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10 Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park

 

Getting Started

Enter the park on Skyline Drive and begin to wind your way through the park’s 200,000 acres. Skyline Drive offers magnificent views along the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

To truly experience the park’s natural beauty, step into the forest by way of one of the park’s 500 miles of trails.  The famous Appalachian Trail  runs for 101 miles through the park. Other trails lead to peaks with amazing views, some to cascading waterfalls.

Many types of wildlife call Shenandoah home, including black bear, white-tailed deer, bobcat and more than 200 resident and transient bird species.

Ranger educational programs  are available from spring through fall and include easy walks, challenging hikes and traditional campfire talks designed to inspire and open your eyes to the wonder and beauty of the park.

Begin your experience with a stop at the Dickey Ridge (mile 4.6) or Byrd Visitor Centers (mile 51) where ready to help plan your visit and rangers can answer your questions and help you plan your visit.

Did you know?

Named for their short, bobbed tail, bobcats are fairly common in Shenandoah National Park, but are rarely seen.

Did You Know?

The National Park Service turned 100 in 2016.