Shenandoah National Park is a main draw to the region for outdoors enthusiasts. Just a short way from Prospect Hill, it’s an excellent destination for guests who want to experience the beautiful landscapes up close and personal.
Read on to find out the top 4 things to see when you visit Shenandoah National Park…
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some of the park’s trails lead to a waterfall or overlook while others are forested with incredible panoramas of wilderness.
Some important information before you attempt any Shenandoah hiking trails is the difficulty rating. To determine trail difficulty by listed numerical rating:
Easiest, Numerical Rating: less than 50, generally suitable for anyone who enjoys walking.
Moderate, Numerical Rating: 50-100, generally suitable for novice hikers who want a bit of a challenge.
Moderately Strenuous, Numerical Rating: 100 –150, generally be challenging for an unconditioned person.
Strenuous, Numerical Rating: 150-200, will challenge most hikers.
Very Strenuous, Numerical Rating : greater than 200, only well-conditioned and well-prepared hikers.
The Shenandoah Hiking Trails website includes a tremendous amount of helpful information and trail details.
Once you’ve decided which of the Shenandoah hiking trails you want to hike, you can download free maps.
Shenandoah National Park features Skyline Drive. This picturesque road is basically hiking by vehicle. It’s both a National Historic Landmark and a National Scenic Byway. A drive along skyline is an unparalleled opportunity to view the splendor of Shenandoah Valley.
Skyline Drive is over a hundred miles long, and with a speed limit of 35, it’s easy to make a stop at any of the 75 overlooks along the way. Keep in mind that bicycling Skyline Drive is permitted.
For more about biking, you can visit the biking section on the park’s Skyline Drive web page.
To plan your trip along Skyline Drive, visit the park’s general Skyline web page.
Old Rag Mountain
As we mentioned earlier, Shenandoah National Park is home to a significant portion of the Appalachian Trail. Numerous routes are available for various skill levels. But for a serious challenge, consider Old Rag Mountain. Not for the faint of heart, Old Rag Mountain is a popular yet very challenging hike. If you can make it to the top, the view is unparalleled.
Always check the conditions and recommended safety measures before a hike, which is possible on the park’s Old Rag Mountain web page.
Shenandoah National Park Visitors Centers
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive
Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center, Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive
In additoin to the all-important restrooms, at these Shenandoah National Park visitors centers you’ll find exhibits, an orientation movie, bookstore, publications, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid.
At the visitors centers, you’ll also be able to ask the experts about historic sites and hidden gems throughout Shenandoah National Park.
For your next visit to Shenandoah National Park, consider staying at Prospect Hill. You can browse our rooms and availability and view images of our property. And don’t forget to download our free area Vacation Guide.