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Spanning 200,000 acres, Shenandoah National Park encompasses the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah River Valley, and the Virginia Piedmont region.
Established in 1935, Shenandoah National Park today welcomes over 1.2 million visitors to northwestern Virginia each year.
Shenandoah is best explored by the famous Skyline Drive – a 109-mile scenic byway coursing through the length of the park. Most attractions and activities in the park are found by its Skyline Drive mile marker.
The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center serve SNP. Both centers offer information and maps, backcountry permits, a park bookstore, an orientation film, and exhibits on the Shenandoah area.
Outdoor enthusiasts love the Blue Ridge Mountains. The park itself offers over 500 miles of hiking trails, plus opportunities for biking, horseback riding, fishing, and rock climbing.
Hikers who like to reward their trek with a beautiful waterfall are in luck. Shenandoah is home to the 3.4-mile Jones Run Falls trail, the 2.6-mile South River Falls trail, and the 2.6-mile Rose River Falls trail.
The park’s tallest waterfall, the 93-foot Overall Run Falls, is reached by a 6.4-mile hike in the North District – and also yields an amazing overlook of Shenandoah Valley. Other park falls include Dark Hollow Falls, Lewis Falls, and Whiteoak Canyon Falls.
Hungry? Shenandoah National Park offers several restaurants and picnic areas. Grab breakfast or lunch at eateries like Elkwallow Wayside, Skyland, Big Meadows Wayside, and the Loft Mountain Wayside. If you’ve already packed lunch, head for year-round picnic spots at Dundo, Pinnacles, South River, and Elkwallow.
SNP also offers historic sites and exhibits on the park’s history. Check out "The Women of Skyland" exhibit at the now-museum Massanutten Lodge, or explore the Rapidan Camp – the summer home of President and First Lady Herbert Hoover.