Nature at its best!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Dutchnatasja on April 11, 2011

I visited Shenandoah National Park twice in October last year. The fall is a beautiful time of the year to spend some time in the park. The trees are changing and a pallet of colors are visible. It is absolutely gorgeous! Both times we did the Skyline Drive. You have several lookouts on the way, which provide an amazing view over the Shenandoah Mountains. It’s great to stop at a scenic overlook that seem to be more beautiful than the last. You can see the Blue Ridge Mountains. Appreciate and enjoy the beauty surrounding you. Along the drive you will find different hiking trails. Some of them are tough, but information about the trails can be found at the beginning of the path. One hiking trail did lead us to a waterfall. That place was so serene and peaceful. Mother nature did a good job! What a beautiful place!!

During one of my visits at Shenandoah I was thrilled to see a black bear. The bear was really close and luckily we were in the car. The bear was eating and didn’t pay much attention to the people in the cars. Not only we saw a bear, but also many deers. You have to drive slow and pay attention. Before you now it, there’s a deer on the road.

Half way through the park is a little restaurant, the Skyland Cafe. The food is average and not much choice. There’s a picnic area which is nice and a terrace outside with table and chairs. There are restrooms for those who needs one. Souvenirs can also be bought. It’s a great place to have a break. There is a visitor center at the beginning of the Skyline drive. They have great exhibits about the environment, structure and animals of the park.

To access the park/Skyline Drive you have to pay $15. Make sure you save the receipt when you enter for the first time as this will get you back in for the next seven days for free. This is a good deal! We bought a all year pass, because we live close to this park. I can't wait to visit Shenandoah again!
Shenandoah National Park & Skyline Drive
3655 Us Highway 211 East
Shenandoah N.P., Virginia, 22835
(540) 999-3500

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