Nature & parks in Shenandoah Valley

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Nature & Parks in Shenandoah Valley

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  • ErnTrekker
    PA696 contributions
    As the Star is visible from many parts of the area, driving up to see it up close was a must-do on this visit! As expected, the view from this vantage point is awesome & I was happy to see decent parking, rest rooms, & a nice observation deck as well.

    Took a while to figure out how to get to the top from the restaurant parking lot where we started;) ...but definitely worth the trip!
    Written May 4, 2022
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  • Jenni I
    9 contributions
    The natural beauty was amazing, but it was impossible to read the small print pamphlet in the dark and keep moving. A pre-recorded headset would have made the experience sooooo much bettr for the main tour and the car tour.
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • Jon M
    76 contributions
    This trail is ~1.5 miles round trip and gains ~450 feet of elevation. The hike is very easy and the trail itself is quite smooth. Once you make it to the summit of Stony Man Mountain (Shenandoah’s second highest peak), there are great photo opportunities and potential to see falcons flying overhead.
    Written May 9, 2022
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  • MarylandCatmom
    Odenton, MD22 contributions
    This FREE arboretum is a magnificent place to visit. Well-kept paths host walkers, dogs, baby carriages and wheelchairs, although the entire area is not handicapped accessible. Benches scattered throughout welcome those who would like to sit and watch the ducks and turtles on the pond.

    Close-in parking is limited but there is a larger parking area a short walk away.
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • Katie J
    4 contributions
    My husband, myself and three boys really enjoyed visiting these caverns. Our guide, Hannah, was knowledgeable and personable and shared lots of information about the many different formations in the caverns. This tour was well worth the money and time and is definitely recommended.
    Written January 22, 2022
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,331 contributions
    Jackson River Trail is a 14.3 mile out and back trail located near Covington, Virginia. Jackson river is scenic and in early November we still had a remarkable foliage experience. We heard that in proper season it is a great fishing river.
    Written November 18, 2021
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  • Tom B
    2 contributions
    It is a small but beautiful location hidden in the mountains of Virginia. It is only viewable from the road. It is near the Virginia/West Virginia border not far off of Rte.64. They have the area surrounding the falls to prevent people from falling. But it is a very picturesque location.
    Written April 24, 2022
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  • Olesja O.
    Brambleton, VA149 contributions
    The trail head is right next to a gorgeous overlook. A bit rocky but mostly flat. Parking was very limited with lots of tow signs everywhere.
    Written September 27, 2021
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  • Frank R
    20 contributions
    Nice tour. Not too long and it a tremendous number of steps, but there are some. Biggest piece of advice is when you’re walking through, turn around every once in a while because you’ll see different stuff.
    Written June 20, 2021
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  • Kevin W
    Altoona, AL234 contributions
    First...it's not the big city zoo's....and to me that is fine. Most of these animal's are rescued animals that were pets. The owner knows alot about the care of animals that were pets and what would happen if you put these once pets in with wild animals...or in with other pets...it would not be a good thing.
    My wife and I took the Discovery Tour and we were so glad we did. The reptiles on display is stellar because there are some I have never even heard of or seen before at big zoo's. We love being able to ask questions about the animals and getting answers where as at some bigger zoo's no one is found to ask.
    It was so cool to pet a porcupine named Cuddles....feed Capuchin monkeys and a Lemur....be sure to see the Condor (a big and beautiful bird). Won't forget this place.
    Written June 3, 2021
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,331 contributions
    We experienced this area in November as a part of hiking trip as it is included in the resort trail system. Very interesting to explore. The slope seems relatively easy and user friendly.
    You can still see the area where a trestle system used to haul the skiers to the top of main ski run. Now the chair lift does that. The views are pretty, especially the autumn foliage around. I can only imagine how lovely it must be when covered by snow.
    Written November 18, 2021
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,331 contributions
    The trail is rather easy but not boring . Very scenic views. Colorful in November. Elevation gain is a little over 500 feet. Recommended
    Written November 18, 2021
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  • Linda P
    Ballston Spa, NY381 contributions
    Just luck that we two had a private tour. Campground is attached to the cavern but no one taking tour with us. Notable were steep stairs carved into rock, low passages and some tight areas to get through. Very nice. Local excitement when a raccoon found its way in and attempts to capture it and return it to surface. History of local earthquake and group who were in caverns at time. All nice color and interest. Location more off the beaten path than many caverns.
    Written May 1, 2022
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  • DandHS
    Leesburg, VA27 contributions
    This is a gorgeous park for camping. The view is stunning, there are many lake front sites if you reserve long enough in advance as we did.

    We discovered it last year by chance taking up a canceled spot with friends on Labor day, and returned this year the week before Memorial day. There is a significant difference between the place when in full capacity - obviously noise, crowd, and jet ski traffic on the lake.

    Also seems to be in transition from privately operated to state owned - when we visited this year none of the Marina services were operating which forces you to drive back to the nearest WV store for necessities such as ice etc.

    The facilities (shower, restrooms) were relatively clean (if you don't mind the crawlers, occasional mouse running across) but this was mainly for a lightly occupied camp, as mentioned above and indeed during the labor day weekend they were in much worst condition.

    So if you are geared for self sufficiency and pick an off time this is one of the most beautiful sites in VA, with an unbeatable cost/benefit ratio for a tranquil and relaxing vacation.
    Written June 5, 2021
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  • Agnes W
    Dundee, NY70 contributions
    My husband and I were very pleased with how beautiful this walk was. Easy paved walkway, large enough to easily pass other walkers. Loved that the you follow the creek the whole way. Saw fisherman pull some nice size trout out too! There are even cows in the loop area! Plenty of places to use restrooms/clean porta potties. Approx. 3 miles if you start at either end and walk the entire paved area, however there are plenty of parking areas to choose from. We had planned to bike it however we noticed only walkers so we decided to just enjoy the walk too.
    Written May 15, 2022
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