The Ultimate Shenandoah National Park Travel Guide | Outside Online
Shenandoah National Park might just be one of the best National Parks in the country. Between the gorgeous Fall foliage, the amazing recreation options, and the proximity to great restaurants, Shenandoah National Park really does have it all! If you’d like to plan a trip to visit this noteworthy National Park, check out this thorough travel guide.
Outside ~ ” Given its proximity to major cities like Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, 90 minutes to two hours east, Shenandoah sees its fair share of crowds during the high seasons of summer and fall. Thanks to the convenience of the Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that bisects the park from north to south, most of these visitors treat Shenandoah as a drive-through park, ogling from roadside overlooks and stretching their legs on short nature walks. But with roughly 40 percent of its land protected as wilderness, 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail, and world-class trout streams, you’d be missing out if you didn’t go beyond the main stretch.
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Most important of all, Shenandoah is one of the most user-friendly parks. Skyline Drive’s milepost system makes finding trailheads a cinch, while a pair of lodges in the middle of the park, Big Meadows and Skyland, serve as ideal base camps. It’s also one of the few dog-friendly national parks, with the majority of trails open to pets on leashes. And unlike many units, including the nearby Great Smoky Mountains, which doesn’t allow climbing and has limited cycling opportunities, Shenandoah is a multisport heaven, with rock climbing, fly-fishing, and road biking built into the management plan. ” ~ Outside
For a great write-up about all things Shenandoah National Park, click the link below. And if you’re planning a trip to Shenandoah, make sure you bring a copy of our 2021 RV, Camping & Getaways Travel Guide™, for information that will help you travel on less per day, the military way!
**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.