Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massanutten Ridge, along the banks of the Shenandoah River, you will find a small rural community called Shenandoah. It starts at the top of Virginia via I-81 and is approximately 140 miles long. Before the rest of the continent was explored, the Shenandoah Valley was considered the American frontier. Many years later, the region would play a crucial role in the American Civil War.
The Shenandoah Valley will forever be associated with the Shenandoah National Park, which opened up in 1935. It encompasses nearly 20,000 acres, sitting along the Blue Ridge Mountains. There are three towns, Waynesboro, Luray, and Front Royal, that allow access to the park. If you’re looking for a scenic drive, Skyline Drive, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, are recognized as the two most popular drives in America. These scenic routes offer stunning views and a peaceful experience. This is where you’ll find most of the bikers and motorcyclists since commercial trucks are not allowed on either road.
Looking to explore nature alone or with family? Shenandoah National Park is the go-to mountain for a scenic mountain haven. The main spine of the park stretches for 70 miles end to end, with elevations varying from 4,050 feet atop Hawksbill down to less than 550 feet near Front Royal. The top 10 must-do hikes at Shenandoah range from easy to difficult. Easy hikes such as Stony Man Loop or Hawksbill Summit, range from 2.2 miles to 3.7 miles. More moderate hikes such as Dickey Ridge Loop and Mary’s Rock Via the Pinnacle are ideal, ranging from 5 miles to 7.2 miles long. If you’re ready for an adventure and can tackle the difficult level, Old Rag is a 9.1 mile loop that is a granite topped peak delivering incredible views and a rock scramble along the way.
After your hike, we’re sure you’ve worked up an appetite. The Valley is home to world-class restaurants, Virginia’s finest Culinary District, a famous bakery featured in Vogue, authentic diverse cuisine, and of course, brews. Fans of wine and beer can visit the Valley’s many vineyards, distilleries, and breweries, including the Bold Rock Cidery and Devil’s Backbone Brewery.
After you’re done with your adventure in the Valley, make your way to Shenandoah Valley Airport where you can travel to Charlotte, NC and beyond.
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