There is so much to see and do in the Shenandoah National Park. A short drive from Luray transports you from the pastoral Shenandoah Valley to a 300 square mile mountain paradise on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Straddling this section of the Blue Ridge, the park encompasses 197,389 acres of majestic mountains, lush forests, and soothing sounds of waterfalls. Ranging from one to thirteen miles wide, the park climbs in elevation from the Shenandoah River Valley floor to more than 4,000 feet. Shenandoah National Park is a sanctuary for more than 100 varieties of trees, 200 species of birds, and 1,100 species of flowering plants.
Shenandoah National Park is one of the most popular and scenic areas in the national park system. Spectacular hiking trails of varying difficulties, including the famous Appalachian Trail, offer a wide range. From a panoramic view of the valley from your car, to a close up view of the wide variety of flora and fauna, you have many choices!
Whether you are on your own or participating in one of the many ranger-led activities during the spring and summer seasons, your “Shenandoah Experience” will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
The SKYLINE DRIVE traverses the Blue Ridge Mountain crest the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Many overlooks afford breathtaking views of the historic Shenandoah Valley below. Along the way, one can have a delightful meal at one of the lodges, or spend a restful night in one of their comfortable rooms.
Call 540-999-3500 for more information, or visit the Shenandoah National Park Website
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3655 US Hwy 211 East
Luray VA 22835
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Winter in the Park
Winter in Shenandoah is cold and quiet as life slows down, but as you explore the park you will find that it is full of life. You may hear the hoot of the owl, the caw of the raven, or the gobble of the wild turkey, all year-round residents of the park. The chickadee, downy woodpecker, titmouse, and other small birds flock together during winter to forage and for protection. Some northern birds, such as the white-throated sparrow, hermit thrush, and purple finch, also winter in the park.