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Review of Shenandoah Valley

Shenandoah Valley
Ranked #438 of 2,209 things to do in Virginia
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Akron, Ohio
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25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 28, 2012

We were there just as the trees were beginning to turn, but it was still a very beautiful park. The rangers were knowledgeable about the trails we had chosen. Every trail we were on was appropriately rated and well-marked. Our very favorite hike was Old Rag Mountain. This was the only misinformation we had. Everything we read said it was 8 miles, but was really 10.5. Not that 2.5 miles mattered after this hike. It's every bit as difficult as advertised, but what a reward at the summit! Worth every step! Other hikes we enjoyed were WhiteOak, Stony Man, Bearface, Dark Hollow Falls and Hawksbill. We will anticipate our return to this beautiful section of our country.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank tlpeck1
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Davis, California
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful green and friendly”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Spent a total of 2 weeks on two separate trips in the Beautiful area of the Shandoah Valley. The people are as charming and as friendly and as lovely as the landscape.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank sanmiguelsandy
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Shenandoah Valley - Skyline Drive - Luray”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

We decided to take a July sanity/break, mini-vacation getaway. Seems we need more and more of these lately. Our travels took us to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. If you can take a couple of week days and tack it on to a weekend day, you’ll have a great mini-vacation. The week days were definitely better since there were definitely fewer visitor to the park. We headed down on Wednesday morning and arrived in Front Royal, which is really the Northern most part of Skyline drive. We hit Skyline caverns before starting our trip on Skyline Drive down to Luray. These caverns are interesting and we enjoyed the guided tour. The trip on Skyline Drive was outstanding. We pulled over at each overlook area to appreciate the awesome views. If you have a clear, sunny day you’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the Shenandoah Valley. Wow, this was the most beautiful stretch of road we have ever driven…..but, we haven’t made it out to the Rockies yet. There are plenty of overlooks and even if you stop for only a minute or two, hit them all. There ain’t a bad seat in the house folks. You’ll need a car pass to get into the park, but it was only $10 or $15….can’t remember. That gets you in and out of the park for a full week. The drive down to Luray is very scenic and it’s a nice little town. Be sure to see Luray Caverns which is really awe inspiring. This cavern definitely offers more spectacular formations compared to Skyline Caverns. Don’t miss it. You’ll also enjoy the car and history museum’s included in the ticket price. Our other trips into the park on Skyline drive took us to the big meadows and the visitor center which gives a good insight into the history of the park.

Visited July 2012
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Bentonville Virginia, Thompson Hollow Trail”
Reviewed July 20, 2012

We were given some advice from a local to hike the Thompson Hollow Trail in Bentonville, VA which is in Shenandoah National Park. Getting to the trail was tough in itself, it was not marked at all, no signs leading to it. We had to ask people along the way. When we finally got there there was a sign saying that a dirt road had access to the trail but it was difficult finding the trail because there were private roads all over saying "no trespassing" We finally found the trail and found the trails to be really pretty. HOWEVER, when we got back to the parking area 2 cars were broken into and one of them was ours. My wife's purse was stolen and we have spent the entire evening trying to cancel all the credit cards. What a disappointment. The lady from our hotel told us that Bentonville is a high crime area, wish we would have spoken to her earlier. So...be wise- stay away from Bentonville!

Visited July 2012
14 Thank Scott L
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Houston, Texas
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133 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“What a wonderful experience!”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

I promise that the $15 entrance fee to the park will be well worth it. So many sights and we did not get to see them all; even in the rain!

Visited June 2012
4 Thank johnluriejr
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