5 Things to Do and See When You Visit Shenandoah Valley National Park

visit Shenandoah National ParkVirginia is home to an array of beautiful landscape and scenery! Located in the northwestern region of Virginia, the Shenandoah Valley National Park is the state’s crown jewel. Spanning 200,000 acres of breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountain land, the park draws an abundance of tourists annually. When you visit Shenandoah Valley National Park, you’ll find plenty of great things to do and see! Keep reading, and learn more about Shenandoah Valley National Park attractions and activities.

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5 Things to Do and See When You Visit Shenandoah Valley National Park

1. Camping

Do you want to get the full Shenandoah Valley National Park experience? Pack your tent and backpack and spend a night (or a weekend) under the stars, surrounded by National Park bliss. There are four campgrounds in the park: Matthews Arm, Big Meadows, Lewis Mountain and Loft Mountain. Visit the campgrounds page for more information, including seasons of operation and applications for reservations.

2. Skyline Drive

Motorists traveling through Virginia have at least heard of the Skyline Drive, if not driven it themselves. Renowned for the stunning vistas, Skyline Drive stretches for more than 100 miles in the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you visit Shenandoah National Park, take a ride on the Skyline Drive. You won’t find a more scenic drive on the East Coast!

3. Hiking

Hiking is one of the best things to do in Shenandoah National Park, thanks to the park’s miles of trails and beautiful topography. Popular Shenandoah hikes include Jones Run Falls, Upper Hawksbill, and Lewis Falls Trail. That’s just the beginning, though! From quick treks to all-day excursions, there’s a hike here for everyone. Plus, there are multiple hikes that lead to waterfalls!

4. Visitor Centers

There are two visitor centers (the Harry F. Byrd, Sr. and Dickey Ridge visitor centers) in the park, each of which provide educational exhibits, resources, restrooms, maps, and more! Whether you’re just stopping in to take a break, purchasing a book, or signing up for a guided program led by a Park Ranger, you’ll find it all here.

5. Birdwatching

There’s close to 200 species of birds that can be found in the park, including Northern Harriers, Blue Jays, Sandpipers and more! Grab a field guide and a good pair of binoculars, and try to identify as many of these winged creatures as you can.

Stay at By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages

Located in downtown Harrisonburg, VA, By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages is your choice for the best stay in the Shenandoah Valley. We’re just 30 miles from Shenandoah Valley National Park, meaning comfort and quality are just minutes away from adventure when you stay with us. So, whether you stay in the Quill Cottage and enjoy its 120-gallon whirlpool tub, or the cozy Eselyn Taylor Suite (complete with a queen-size bed, fireplace and flat screen TV), you’re in for an unforgettable stay. Let us host you while you explore Harrisonburg and the surrounding area. You might not want to leave! Download our free Shenandoah Valley vacation guide, and contact us to make your reservations.