Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park

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Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park

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  • Sue L
    Myrtle Beach, SC758 contributions
    Start to finish, you absolutely can't beat these views. The central district is the most popular at higher elevations and outstanding views. Doing night sky viewing along any vantage point, expecially at Big Meadows, is incredible.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • No Boundaries Adventures
    Imperial, PA25 contributions
    This is one of the must hikes on the east coast. It is rated as challenging and includes a rock scramble or two. Steady incline on the way up for the first 2 miles, then you enter a mile or so of rock scrambling. We encountered a bit to traffic jam that slowed us down for a bit - more time to enjoy the views. Once on top you are rewarded with incredible views. After this, it's just a dirt path back to finish the circuit. A little over 9 miles total.
    Written September 8, 2022
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  • Sue L
    Myrtle Beach, SC758 contributions
    This is a wonderful falls to visit, generally always busy, but the falls are stunning and great photo - op area. Take a good walking stick if you're a little older like me to help with footing going down and take it slow with the elevation change coming back iup.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • heddy g
    27 contributions
    Really enjoyable hiking here. Beautiful views to be your reward when you reach the top. Lovely to get to see.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • Jon M
    83 contributions
    This hike will get you to work up a sweat, but the views from the top are definitely worth it.

    There are two different ways to get to summit: either the North or South Trails. The North Trail is ~3.7 miles roundtrip with ~1200 feet of elevation gain. The South Trail is ~2.9 miles roundtrip with ~830 feet of elevation gain. I would recommend taking the South Trail as it is more scenic and less strenuous compared to the North Trail.
    Written May 5, 2022
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  • Sue L
    Myrtle Beach, SC758 contributions
    Have hiked this falls several times over the years....the trail is nice with plenty of wildflowers to look at, maybe a little wildlife, before reaching the falls. The water flow wasn't that great when we last visited, but still so worth the time getting there.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • Ckenn J
    Portland, ME17 contributions
    Easy trail with great beginner rock scramble. Nothing scary. Our kids 13,12 and 9 did it easily following the pack. My husband had no issue completing it with our 3 year old in the baby carrier (but I swear he is part billy goat). I am not in shape by any means and had no issues. I tend to be afraid of heights but compared to other hikes we have done this one did not bother me. I would not do this hike in wet weather.
    Written August 10, 2022
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  • Sue L
    Myrtle Beach, SC758 contributions
    We aren't "through" hikers, but just doing very short segments, primarily in the SNP to enjoy and experience what those determined hikers do. It is peaceful and sometimes you'll come across one of these hikers (you generally can smell them coming) that will talk for a minute about their adventures. Wishing them all safe travels.
    Written August 28, 2022
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,428 contributions
    There is a Skyland Resort itself and that is the good old stand-by historic lodge with more than basic accommodations - a nice place to stay. This site I believe is supposed to focus on the Skyland as a picturesque location and view-point. It is one of the highest elevations in Shenandoah. Easy hiking access from from the Skyland Lodge.
    Written November 26, 2021
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  • Teardrop Trailer Traveler
    United States712 contributions
    The Dickey Ridge visitor center is at the northern end of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. The visitor center itself was closed to visitors at the time of my trip, but the rangers had a table set up outside. (The gift shop was open.) There is a large open area by the visitor center and it offers great views of the valley below.
    Written May 8, 2022
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  • SeniorTravelerTF
    Fort Atkinson1,046 contributions
    Does exactly what it intends. This is a wonderful trail for mobility challenged, children and people that just don't want to hike much. The trail is level, either hard packed fine stone or paved. Although not lengthy, it has a number of benches to rest. We saw a couple with their young boy, who was pushing his plastic vacuum along the trail. Perfect. There are a few evergreens along the trail, a relatively rare sight in the park. Many stands of new trees that must have started after a storm or fire took out the old trees a few years ago.
    Written November 2, 2021
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  • SeniorTravelerTF
    Fort Atkinson1,046 contributions
    The trail to Doyles Falls begins at the lot on the east side of Skyline Drive at Doyles Gap parking around MP 81 or so. Take time to study the trail map at the trailhead, taking a picture will help. That is important because initially it appears that the easiest route is a semi-circle from Doyles Gap parking to Jones Run Falls and back to Skyline. But that is almost 8 miles and, although you will be anxious to avoid the step climb back to Doyles Gap parking the trail to Jones is the same uphill effort. Either way, Doyles Falls is beautiful. In fact, you will see a smaller falls on the way down, but don't be fooled into thinking you are there. Further on you will finally reach Doyles Falls, and the payoff can be in sitting on rocks in the pool cooling off. There is even sandy shallow area to wade in and refresh - which will be for naught by the time you get back up to your vehicle. Having done it, worth it.
    Written November 4, 2021
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  • ZhuZhu L
    New York City, NY270 contributions
    This trail is very long but very interesting with many ups and downs. The waterfall and cliff side is a good place to stop for break. Overall I enjoyed this trail very much.
    Written November 27, 2021
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  • Kim S
    Hatteras Island, NC137 contributions
    The overlook is fine but you really have to take the trail to the base of the falls. It is gorgeous. I just wish you could see the pool in the middle of the falls without doing some rock climbing. The hike back up was a challenge but felt good.
    Written March 11, 2020
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  • Grover R
    Pensacola, FL16,620 contributions
    Skyland Drive has so many great overlooks that it is hard to single out any specific one. However, Pinnacles is a good one with views over the park and the mountains. We that said, it can get crowded. We had a bus pull in while we were there and if tour buses are using the overlook, you know it has to be good. In May when we visited, this is a great site to see the difference in color as the valley greens so much faster than the tops.
    Written May 25, 2021
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