Shenandoah National Park

 In Entertainment, Family, Health and Fitness, Recreation

By Kristine Camper

If you are looking for any sort of adventure that is not too far of a drive, Shenandoah National Park is the perfect getaway for you. This park is ideal for anyone looking for longer day hikes, short trips to scenic overlooks or waterfalls, long drives in the car with beautiful views, backpacking treks, or taking a journey through the Appalachian Trail (AT).

For a great family camping or car camping destination, Loft Campground is a great stop on your journey. They have restroom and shower facilities, electrical connections, and are within five minutes of a camp store for those forgotten and last-minute needs.

This whole area is normally the last area to fill up, so it is your best bet for securing a spot during peak season. The campground is within walking distance of the AT so you and your family can create great memories on an iconic American pathway.

If you are hoping to do a longer trek, then a great website for help to plan your trip is www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/backcountry-trips.htm through the National Park services. This gives great detailed trips that you can peruse to find the perfect trek for you.

You must obtain a backcountry permit to do any overnight backcountry camping, but they are free and can be picked up at any ranger station or entrance station, or at Big Meadows.

 

 

You are very likely to see a black bear and many a tick or mosquito. Luckily, there are appropriate and safe bear and bug supplies available. I recommend a Sea to Summit dry bag with lots of rope and a carabiner for your bear bag, and Ben’s bug wipes or spray for those nasty ticks, mosquitoes, and gnats.

Finally, if you just want to see some new sights and beautiful scenery but do not want to be caught sleeping outside, then Shenandoah has some incredible lodges for you. Skyland has an awesome breakfast buffet and Big Meadows is a popular fan favorite for an outdoorsy, but still inside, overnight stay.

Some great longer day hikes to do are Rip Rap trail with gorgeous overlooks, or Overall Run Falls which has a waterfall that is almost 100 feet tall. Beecher Ridge trail has a really cool swimming hole that sits perfectly in the sunshine for a great day hike and picnic destination.

 

Hopefully these tips and bits of advice will help you plan your trip in the Shenandoah National Park. Happy camping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shenandoah National Park

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