Established in 1935, Shenandoah National Park is known for its spectacular vistas from the 105-mile long Skyline Drive as well as countless waterfalls and hiking trails. The park is especially popular in the fall, when visitors come to enjoy the changing foliage. Our early spring trip allowed for an uncrowded visit, driving from south to north with an overnight stay at Skyland Resort.
For some moderate hiking right off the Drive, we suggest:
-Dark Hollow Falls: This was the most crowded of the trails we did. It’s the shortest hike to any waterfall in the park (1.7 mi r/t to the base of the falls)
-Hawksbill: Spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley from the highest peak in the park (2 mi r/t)
-Stony Man: This 1.6 mi loop to the park’s second highest peak offers great views and includes a section of the Appalachian Trail.
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- Happy National Trails day 2023!04.04.23 : Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads… In order to get to Mariscal Canyon, one of the most remote areas of the park, we had to drive 29 miles each way on “primitive dirt roads. Our big red truck opened up tons of new experiences in Big Bend.04.03.23 : Views from the top. We hiked the 10-mile round trip from Chisos Basin to the top of Emory Peak, the highest point in Big Bend. First pic is looking south over the South Rim toward Mexico, second one is looking north into Chisos Basin with Casa Grande Peak at the right.04.03.23 : Looking out through the V-shaped “Window” of Chisos Basin. We were on our way to the summit of Emory Peak along the Pinnacles Trail.04.03.23 : More sunrise scenes from our shipping container home Airbnb in Terlingua.04.03.23 : Waking up to sunrise over the Chisos Mountains and also my favorite desert plant, the ocotillo.
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