Shenandoah National Park is a marvel of nature with outstanding surprises and amazing opportunities hiding around every bend. Here you will enter a world of scenic natural beauty and old-fashioned charm that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the United States.
Located a mere 75 minutes from Washington, DC, Shenandoah National reflects such an antithesis of the hurried lifestyle of our nation’s capital that it almost seems impossible that these two contrary environments share the same region.
Shenandoah is made up of over 300 square miles of Appalachian forests, mountains and wilderness areas stretching alongside the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Shenandoah National Park provides sanctuary to more than 100 different varieties of trees, more than 1,100 unique species of flowering plants, and over 200 different varieties of birds. Enveloped in such splendor and tranquility, Shenandoah truly is one of the most paradisiacal destinations in the eastern United States.
Located in a picturesque setting high up in the Appalachian Mountains, Shenandoah is the ultimate getaway from the hustle and bustle of ordinary life. Some of Shenandoah’s most popular resort destinations such as Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Lodge and Lewis Mountain Cabins offer a peaceful home-like atmosphere high above the classic American panorama of the region.
Shenandoah National Park is a bevy of hiking biking and adventure trails, wilderness paths and backcountry roads that demand exploration. Shenandoah includes over 500 miles of trails including a beautiful stretch of more than 100 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail. Many of the trails inside the park will lead you to spectacular waterfalls and unforgettable panoramas that open up to the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, while others lead deep into the heart of the hard wood forests and Appalachian wilderness.
Another attraction that should not be missed is the exquisite Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile stretch of highway that meanders its way through some of the most picturesque countryside in North America. There are a number of scenic viewpoints and vistas along this stretch of highway, and a drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway is a trip that you will not soon forget, especially if the journey is taken in the fall when the mountain sides are set afire with the radiant colors of autumn.