Shenandoah – Virginia

Date of Visit: April 14-15, 2014

How we got there: Drove from Charlottesville, VA, a half hour from the Rockfish Gap Entrance.

Lodging: Skyland Resort

Favorites:

  • Skyline Drive – Runs 105 miles through the entire length of the park and has 75 scenic overlooks.
  • Dark Hollow Falls – The most popular trail in the park leads 1.4 easy-moderate miles down to a multi-tiered waterfall.
  • Stony Man Trail – Easy 1.6-mile trail with 340 ft elevation gain leads to the rocky summit of Stony Man Mountain, which looks like the profile of a man from below. Part of the route follows the Appalachian Trail. Trailhead is adjacent to the Skyland Resort.
  • Hawksbill Mountain – Upper Hawksbill Trail is a 1.7-mile route with 690 ft elevation gain. Leads to an observation platform at the highest point in the park, at 4,050 ft.

Tips: This park is very long and skinny, plan plenty of time to leisurely drive the entirety of Skyline Drive with its 35mph speed limit.

Next time: Hike Old Rag Mountain. Return during autumn to see the colorful leaves.

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