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About Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park lies along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in north central Virginia, less than 90 miles southwest of Washington, DC. The park stretches about 80 miles north to south and consists of more than 197,000 acres, including nearly 80,000 acres of designated wilderness. The park straddles habitats of both the northern and southern Appalachians and supports a rich assemblage of approximately 2,100 species of flora and fauna. Rock outcrops punctuate this otherwise forested habitat. Skyline Drive, a world-famous park tour road, traverses the length of the park for 105 miles and provides opportunities for outstanding views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont from the Drive’s numerous overlooks. The park boasts 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail, as well as several historically significant landmarks including Skyland, Rapidan Camp, and structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Source: Foundation Document – Shenandoah National Park

| Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is a land bursting with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, and quiet wooded hollows. With over 200,000 acres of protected lands that are haven to deer, songbirds, and black bear, there’s so much to explore…and your journey begins right here! | Shenandoah National Park | Virginia | https://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm

Fast Facts:

Date the Park was Established:December 26, 1935
Park Area (as of 2019):199,223.77 acres (806.2 km2)
Recreational Visitors (2018 Total):1,264,880 visitors

Park Weather

Shenandoah National Park has four very distinct seasons. Spring typically brings mild temperatures, rain, and wildflowers. Summer brings lush green forests, but can be hot and very humid. Fall follows with cooler temperatures and spectacular fall foliage. Winter can bring snow and ice. The park spans roughly 100 miles, which means that weather can vary greatly depending on your location. The mountain is usually 10°F cooler than the valley below. Always check the forecast, dress in layers, and be prepared.