Shenandoah National Park Hiking
Includes all lodging, meals, van shuttles, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from and to Charlottsville, VA.
Not included: Airline or bus service to Charlottsville, VA; Guide Gratuity
Hotel 8:30 am
Shenandoah National Park is situated along a 75-mile stretch of ridgeline on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern Virginia. On average, the Blue Ridge rises about 3,000 feet above the rolling farmland of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the foothills of the Piedmont to the east. During the mid-1920’s, when the U.S. Government considered the creation of a national park along the Blue Ride to the west of the nation’s capital, many questioned the choice of locations. A century of farming and logging had ravaged the mountain tops significantly, leaving a barren soil and acres and acres of clear-cut. Almost a century later, under the protection and guidance of the National Park Service, the healing powers of nature is everywhere. The granite slopes of the Blue Ridge are now covered by a new generation of oak and hickory. Water is everywhere – countless waterfalls, cascades, streams and rivers tumble through the rugged rocky landscape. Wilderness truly has returned to the Blue Ridge, and nearly 80,000 acres were so designated by Congress in 1976.
Shenandoah Park also is a hikers’ paradise. 520 miles of trails lead to the summits of the Blue Ridge and offer the remarkable vistas for which the park is famous. From the ridge top viewpoints, the undulating Shenandoah Valley to the west, the foothills and quaint, historic towns of the Piedmont stretch as far as the eye can see. This is the Shenandoah that we’ll visit on our 6-day Hike.
|Day 1||Black Rock and Hightop mountains||4|
|Day 2||Doyles River Falls and Jones Run Trail||8|
|Day 3||Dark Hollow Falls and Rapiden Camp||8.5|
|Day 4||South River Fall and Corbin Cabin||8.6|
|Day 5||Cedar Run to Whiteoak Canyon||8.8|
|Day 6||Stony Man and Hawkbill mountains||5|