Containing about 79,579 acres of wilderness, and located along the 105 mile long Skyline Drive of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Waynesboro to Front Royal in north-central Virginia, the long and narrow Shenandoah National Park expands into the rolling Piedmont Region, full of American history and small towns on the east, and the Shenandoah River Valley on the west, with Hawksbill Mountain, the home of a Peregrin Falcon restoration project, and the 2500-foot Timber Hollow drop, it’s highest elevation point.
Created December 26, 1935, and requiring many entire communities to vacate from long established homes along the Blue Ridge Range to be formed into one of the Country’s most scenic National Parks, Shenandoah features portions of the Appalachian Trail, Old Rag Mountain with its rocky summit and popular hiking paths, wilderness camping, five major campgrounds including Dundo Group, Mathews Arm, the Big Meadows Recreational Area, Loft Mountain, and Lewis Mountain, the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, President Herbert H. Hoover’s Rapidan Camp Fishing Retreat, the Mill Prong Trail, Milam Gap, the Dark Hollow Falls Trail, Whiteoak Canyon, the famously panaramic Stony Man Trail and cliffs, the Humpback Rocks Outcropping, Neighbor Mountain, Knob Mountain, Elkwallow Gap, the Jeremys Run Overlook, Hogback Mountain, the Rattlesnake Point Overlook, the Thornton Hollow Overlook, the Little Devil Stairs Overlook, Sugarloaf Mountain, the undeveloped Pignut Mountain, and the reputation as one of the most dog-friendly Parks in the National Park System,
Shenandoah possesses many popular waterfalls including Overall Run, the tallest in the Park and a six and a half mile long hike along rough and rocky terrain, Cedar Run at Hawksbill Gap, the six waterfalls found at Whiteoak Canyon, Rose River at the Fishers Gap Overlook, regarded as one of the Park’s most scenic hikes, Lewis Falls south of Big Meadows, Dark Hollow Falls, the closest waterfall to Skyline Drive, South River Falls on the Pocosin Mission Trail, the Upper and Lower Doyles River Falls, and Jones Run Falls at Brown’s Gap.
Prickly Pear cactuses, pine trees, hemlocks, oaks, American Chestnuts, hickory trees, tulip poplars, maples, milkweeds, mountain laurels, daisies, ferns, white-tailed deer, bobcats, black bears, groundhogs, gray foxes, cottontails, salamanders, Eastern Newts, more than two hundred varieties of birds including Red-Tailed Hawks, Barred Owls, Carolina Chickadees, wild turkeys, and thirty-two species of fish make their homes in the Shenandoah National Park.
Shenandoah National Park
3655 US Highway 211 East
Luray, Virginia 22835
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