4 Essential Stops in SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK [4K]

4 Essential Stops in SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK [4K]

in this video, I talk about my 4 favorite things to do in Shenandoah National Park, VA. This beautiful national park lies in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, about 75 miles west of Washington DC. The park is over a hundred miles long and as you could imagine, there are countless activities to do within this park.

This video was taken in the end of April, so you can really see which trees have leaves and which do not. As we hiked or drove down from Skyline drive, even just 900 feet would be enough to completely transform.

Additional Notes:
One of the few national parks on the east coast
Established in 1935
Home to the famous SKYLINE DRIVE which is 105 miles long
Virginial mountains, part of the Blue Ridge Mountains (part of the Appalachian mountain range), just 75 mi outside of Washington DC,
Land acquired through eminent domain. There is a long story there including claims of embellished claims local inbreeding
Parts of the park was used to train troops for WW2

5 campgrounds (some are first come first serve, and others allow reservations when in season)
3 lodges/cabins
9 major waterfalls to hike in and see – tallest one is 91 ft, but there are countless smaller ones along every creek

Start at mile 49.4
Moderate difficulty, 4 mi, 910 ft elevation change
Hike clockwise to go down the rocky side (relatively easy) and then up the gradual fire road
You will also see Dark Hollow falls at the bottom and you can optionally add a quarter mile to hike up that waterfall
Cemetery on the way back

105 miles long, spanning the entire park
More than 75 overlook
Countless overlooks and pull offs to get the best view on the east or west side.
I recommend stopping at these all day to see amazing views, at sunrise, at sunset, and pull over to take a look at the stars at night

HAWKSBILL SUMMIT – start on Skyline drive pull off mile 45.5
1.7 mi round trip – which means you go up 520 ft
Very rapid ascent
Birds nest 2 – you can see Old Rag Mountain on your right

You need to drive out of the park to get here
This does still require the park entrance fee, so be sure to stop and pay, or show them your pass
7.5 hrs (we did it in 6)
2380 ft elevation gain
Very strenuous – includes rock scrambling
9.2 mile circuit
Birds Nest 1 resides here – and you can see Hawksbill from the summit

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Please comment below with any questions you might have. Thank you all for watching! I appreciate you!

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  1. tenderbastard tenderbastard on April 19, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    the dog said, "this is like being in a forest and walking on trails." ~ tenderbastard

  2. Tim Brady on April 19, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Nice footage , great tunes . Just drove the skyline today, it was beautiful .

  3. Luz Vilca on April 19, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Nice video. 👍
    For me you speak litle bit fast and it is hard to understand

  4. [dead meme] on April 19, 2020 at 4:37 pm

    I’m new to hiking and I’m going to Shenandoah; any tips?

  5. California Guy on April 19, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    jeeze ….get on with it ….yap yap yap

  6. ••MARANATHA •• EBENEZER•• on April 19, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Hello there, I’m planning a trip to Luray Caverns this month. What path should I take??? Also how long takes? Thank you for your video! Please Keep posting more videos of Virginia.

  7. Placer County Trails - Placer County, California on April 19, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for the video. It looks like a great place to visit. 👍

  8. emaiser on April 19, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome video, very informative! I’m planning a day trip at the end of July. I will have a dog with me so very minimal hiking (if any) but I’ll definitely drive down skyline drive

  9. Main Street Mom on April 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Any suggestions for what to do if we only have 1 day at the park? We are not experienced hikers and have a 4 year old but would love to see some beautiful an waterfalls. Also we’re going end of February so I know some things are closed.

  10. Is villa on April 19, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    I visited the cavern

  11. Pedro Collusso on April 19, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    Lots of very useful information in your nice video. I am considering visiting Shenandoah in the second week of October 2019 and staying in the region for 8/10 days, hoping to find some nice Fall colors and atmosphere. My intention is to be based in Waynesboro VA and from there do day trips to the park. Any recommendations/suggestions? On an average when is the peak of Fall foliage over there? Thnx!

  12. Ajay Nagaraju on April 19, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks for this video!

  13. The Painting Stoof on April 19, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    great video for visiting Shenandoah! I am here now doing a few hikes. Subbed 🙂

  14. InsertNameHere2768 on April 19, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Great video! What did you use to record those videos of walking the trails?

  15. kirby hu on April 19, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    I have spend two days and two nights in this beautiful park. So many nice place to visit.

  16. Patricia Hartsell on April 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    We go to Shenandoah National Park every year in the fall and have done for over 25 years. We prefer Loft Mountain for camping has it is less of a parking lot feel. You should try it next time.

  17. Is villa on April 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    I like the natural bridge

  18. Mindful Phoenix on April 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Also I was wondering, was this a one day trip?

  19. RVTheming on April 19, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    Loved the video Mike and Ellen. You’re easy to listen to and I look forward to more from you. I live about 45 min from Shenandoah and am there often. I have two young kids so it’s hard to do the trails on your list but I Rag Mountain is on our list. Another short, but beautiful hike is Black Rock Summit. About a mile up and it’s as easy as it gets in the park with a spectacular pay off.
    A side note is that on the South end where Skyline drive ends and the Blue Ridge parkway begins there is another fantastic trail called Humpback Rock with a historic little farm at the base. one of my absolute faves for younger families.
    Thanks again. I subscribed! =)

  20. LilyoftheValeyrising on April 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Don’t forget to mention it’s $30 for one car one week pass to get on the Skyline Drive.
    If your into wild edible foods, you can look for morel mushrooms that time of the year you filmed the video. As long as the black locust tree hasn’t bloomed, once it does it’s too late.

  21. Rafiul Rasheen on April 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Any mountain bike trails?

  22. Natalia Spinelli on April 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Great video! Thank you. Really helped.

  23. Noel Mathur on April 19, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Well made video. When did you guys go, around Easter time? I am seriously considering a trip around Easter, not to sure it will be too early though..

  24. Eduardo Soria on April 19, 2020 at 5:09 pm

    I was there the last weekend is beautiful and awesome

  25. Mindful Phoenix on April 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    How can I reserve a spot for camping?

  26. Sachin Srinivasan on April 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    This video was very useful ! Thank you buddy !

  27. Jane and Gene Meiser on April 19, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Nice Video! Another place that is awesome is Bearfence Rocks (Between Big Meadows and Swift Run Gap). It has a rock scramble that takes you up to a beautiful 360 view!

  28. Not About The Destination on April 19, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    This park can be exhausting, be prepared. Some trails have little ball bearings(rocks) that make it difficult. Beautiful park, old rag and cedar creek canyon are awesome. Cedar creek has a great water slide. I wouldn’t suggest doing all these trails in a weekend.

  29. Derrick Wood on April 19, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I absolutely love Shenandoah! I have family buried in the Cemetery along the Rose River Fire Road.

  30. Larry Freda on April 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Are there ticks to worry about ?

  31. 4real775 on April 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Great views!

  32. Mindful Phoenix on April 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks dude for making this video! I’m gonna take your tips and go out to this park

  33. Oofthehaters on April 19, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Wait do they allow dogs in the sheoah park ? (Just asking 😅..)

  34. Greg McKnight on April 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you for making this very informative video

  35. Kurt Perez on April 19, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Going to check out Rose River Falls and Dark Hollow Falls for possible photoshoots! Thank you for all the info!

  36. Cordelia on April 19, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Make sure to put a park entrance in your gps first and once you get there put in your campsite or lodge. Some gps apps have a hard time getting into the park properly.

  37. alex miller on April 19, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Just moved to Virginia. Stoked to get up to the park as soon as I can will definitely be checking out some of the stops you made!

  38. Cameron Petronella on April 19, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Is it gust me or was i the only one looking for the song for Choir

  39. Kirk Nra on April 19, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Crabtree Falls and Humpback Rock

  40. OBR Travel on April 19, 2020 at 5:29 pm

    Please remember to subscribe!

    Video Correction: This park is definitely not 300 miles wide! I meant to say 3 miles wide! (average width, since the total park area is 300 square miles)

  41. Jacob Antoun on April 19, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Really well made video! It was like the third or fourth result when I typed in Shenandoah National Park. I’ll be there at the end of July. Thanks for your tips!

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