Shenandoah National Park Journals

Beautiful Shenandoah

A May 1998 trip to Shenandoah National Park by Adelaide

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive Photo, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia More Photos
Quote: Sitting on top of the Appalachians, Skyline Drive, the park's main road, allows great views of Shenandoah Valley and access to hike some of its nice trails. In spring, flowers abound. For more information and images, check my Travel Report: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/4363/sbg/

Beautiful Shenandoah

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Overview

Shenandoah National Park Photo, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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The park's trails are very well marked and lead to nice waterfalls, viewpoints and a close contact with the surrounding vegetation. Deer are also easily seen.

Quick Tips:

Luray Caverns, outside the park, west of it, is one of the many caverns that are open to the public in this area. Guided tours take visitors to see some of its exquisite formations.

Best Way To Get Around:

A car is almost mandatory, but serious hikers will enjoy to visit it on foot.

Grapevine Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Grapevine"

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We had a nice dinner at The Grapevine, homestyle food that gaves us a 10% discount with our hotel key. They have many options for all tastes. I had grilled chicken with baked potato and a salad. But the best thing was undoubtely their fresh bread - I simply love bread! I would say this is the best option in Front Royal.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Grapevine Restaurant
915 North Royal Avenue
Shenandoah N.P., Virginia 22630
(540) 635-6615

Scotto's Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Scotto's"

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Our first attempt to have dinner was deceptive - we had seen what seemed to be a nice restaurant, but it was closed. Then the one next to it was empty and the menu didn't look good, so we left - the waitress did not seem disappointed with that, on the contrary... Then we found this charming Italian restaurant, which was a good option, though I ate far too much!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Scotto's Italian Restaurant
1412 West Broad Street
Shenandoah N.P., Virginia 22980
(540) 942-8715

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive

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Attraction | "Shenandoah National Park"

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive Photo, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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The meaning of the name Shenandoah remains uncertain. Some say it means "daughter of the stars". The park was created in 1926 and is located on the Blue Ridge, which is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Finished in 1939, Skyline Drive is the 100-mile road that crosses the park north-south, allowing views of Shenandoah Valley below. There are a few visitor centers and during summer, park rangers offer lectures and guided hikes. The park is open during the whole year, but sometimes weather conditions in winter may force portions of Skyline Drive to be closed. One of the nicest views is found right after Marys Rock Tunnel. Trees frame the valley below. This is a good viewpoint, among the dozens fou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
3655 Us Highway 211 East
Shenandoah N.P., Virginia 22835
(540) 999-3500

Dark Hollow Falls

Attraction | "One of the park's trail: Dark Hollow Falls"

Dark Hollow Falls Photo, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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The trail descends over 400ft to Dark Hollow Falls. The last portion of it is a bit tiring with a steep descent, but the effort is paid by a nice view of the falls. Nothing outstanding, but beautiful. The round trip took a bit more than 1 h.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Dark Hollow Falls
Mile 50.7 At Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835-9036
(540) 999-3500

Blackrock Trail

Attraction | "Another good option: Blackrock Trail"

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This is an easy roundtrip hike through woods to a rocky viewpoint. Part of the trail runs along with the Appalachian Trail. The famous Appalachian Trail, over 2000 miles from Georgia to Maine, hiked yearly by thousands, though only a few venture to hike it all the way. For years I have wanted to feel I was doing it, and for a few minutes I really was!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Blackrock Trail
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East
Shenandoah N.P., Virginia 22835-9036
(540) 999-3500

Luray Caverns

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Attraction

Luray Caverns Photo, Luray, Virginia
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During 1 1/4h we were guided through the caverns, which were discovered over 100 years ago. There are both small and huge halls, with amazing stalactites and stalagmites in all forms - some even resembling draperies. One of the most amazing sights for me was a mirror pool - so still that is actually difficult to notice that we are seeing a reflection! The pond itself is very shallow. The "Fried Eggs" are the bases of where two stalagmites once stood. There is also a Wishing Well to throw coins in (coins are collected and given to charity) and in a huge hall, "The Cathedral", we saw - and heard - "The Great Stalacpipe Organ", an organ where the pipes are the columns, hit by electrically droven plunger...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2001

Luray Caverns
101 Cave Hill Road
Luray, Virginia 22835
(540) 743-6551

Wildflowers

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White flowers Photo, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
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In spring, I was presented with a variety of wildflowers. Azaleas, rhododendrum and dogwood are some of the flowers I saw and photographed there. Take many rolls of film.

Most of Shenandoah's landscape is forested, and hardwood forests dominate the park. There are more than 1,100 species of flowering plants in Shenandoah, including 18 varieties of orchids, plus about 100 species of trees, 47 species of ferns and mosses, and hundreds of different fungi.