Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park by Jon Bilous via Shutterstock.

Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia, is characterized by its scenic Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Mountains. With its cascading waterfalls and vibrant foliage, it’s especially enchanting in the fall.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Virginia
Area: 199,173 acres (806.02 sq km) – 33rd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Hawksbill Peak – 4,049 ft (1,234.14 m)
Lowest Elevation: 530 ft (161.54 m)
Date Established: December 26, 1935
Annual Visitors: 1,449,300 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Front Royal, Virginia

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Shenandoah National Park.

  1. Scenic drives along Skyline Drive
  2. Wildlife viewing, especially deer, black bears, and birds
  3. Joining ranger-led evening programs at campgrounds
  4. Visiting the Byrd Visitor Center for park history
  5. Photography of panoramic vistas, especially during fall foliage

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Shenandoah National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Shenandoah National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Shenandoah National Park

After hiking and exploring Shenandoah National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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