Between the fearless deer, abundant wild berries, lumbering black bears, sweeping vistas, and rich cultural tradition, we had a wonderful time in Shenandoah National Park. Like many of the other parks we visited, we felt like we could have spent more time exploring the land — especially doing more hiking. More than 500 miles of trails criss cross the park, including over 100 of the Appalachian Trail. There is much to do and see in Shenandoah. With their waysides, lodges, and gentle sloping trails, this is a great place to bring a family. And for those who are up for more challenging terrain, there’s plenty of hiking and climbing to satisfy even the most experienced outdoors-person.
Make sure to check out the Byrd Visitor Center upon arrival, both for the thoughtful exhibit of Shenandoah’s history, and for the movie that discusses the sacrifice that some 460 families made when they gave up their homes to create the park.