April 24, 2017
Calling all hikers! If you’re looking for a vacation destination that offers plenty of opportunities for day hikes, as well as a bit of pampering at one of the region’s finest bed and breakfast inns, you should consider planning a trip to Harrisonburg, VA. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the region offers a wide variety of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including a network of hundreds of miles of Shenandoah Valley National Park Hiking Trails at varying levels of difficulty.
For all the times you’re not out exploring the hiking trails, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide for insider information on the best things to do here! At By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages, we’re experts on things to do, so you can trust our recommendations! We guarantee it!
Shenandoah National Park has a whopping 500 miles of trails, about 30 percent of which are in designated wilderness areas. About 100 miles of the trails are actually part of the Appalachian Trail, as well.
It’s easy to head to the Shenandoah National Park Hiking trails when you stay at By the Side of the Road Bed and Breakfast in Harrisonburg, VA. The closest entrance to the park, Swift Run Gap, is an easy 20-mile drive from the inn. Be sure to fuel up with a delicious breakfast before you head out on your adventure!
Once you enter the park, you’ll find parking areas at various trailheads. Three trails that are close to the Swift Run Gap include Bearfence, Hawksbill north of the entrance and Doyles River Falls south of the entrance. Every hike offers something different, whether it’s seasonal wildflowers, a beautiful waterfall or wading pool, or the lush forest.
While it might seem daunting that the park offers 500 miles of trails, hikers of all skill levels can rest assured there is something for everyone. There are five different ratings for the hiking trails, starting with “Easiest,” which means the trail is mostly level or might have a slight incline and that it’s generally less than 3 miles long. At the other end of the spectrum are the “Very Strenuous” trails, which are steep, including challenging terrain and are usually 8 miles or longer. Take a look at this Hiking Difficulty Key to familiarize yourself with the different levels so you can select a hike that’s right for you!
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To help plan your trip to the Shenandoah Valley, download our free Vacation Guide for all kinds of helpful information on things to do and see in the area. When it comes to accommodations, we invite you to stay at By the Side of the Road while you’re in Harrisonburg. Whether you are looking for a charming cottage or a luxurious suite, we have something for everyone. Contact us today to book your stay!