Shenandoah National Park, located roughly 75 miles from the hectic beltways of Washington, D.C., is bounded on its western flank by the Shenandoah River and Valley, and hemmed on its eastern side by the bucolic Virginia Piedmont hillside. Beautiful views, peaceful forested areas, and crystal-clear waterfalls make the long, narrow park a sought-after destination for nature lovers who want relaxation with their return to the outdoors. Nearly 40% of the park's land (just shy of 80,000 acres) is designated wilderness under the National Wilderness Preservation System's watchful eye.
EarthCaching merges high-technology with timeless geology; details can be found here. Birdwatchers can take in over 200 species of indigenous and migratory birds throughout the park. Famous Skyline Drive, the only public road through the park, spans 105 north-south miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Individual admission, March through November, is $8 for those 16 and up, and is good for seven days. From December through February, it is $5 for those 16 and up, and is good for seven days. Motorcycle admission is $10, and good for seven days. Vehicle admission, March through November, is $15 per private, non-commercial vehicle, and is good for seven days. From December through February, it is $10, and is good for seven days.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule, click here.
Near by POI
Skyland Resort is a hotel and resort located inside the park proper and, at 3,680 feet, offers breathtaking vistas of the Shenandoah Valley. Humpback Rock, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a huge greenstone outcrop with an elevation of 3,080 feet.