Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park: Nature, History and Trails in the Blue Ridge
Find out how Shenandoah National Park came to be as you enjoy expert-led walks, short hikes, educational excursions and evening performances in this national gem.
Program No. 17170RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the natural and human history of Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Survey the local flora and fauna, and trace the ecological changes that have come with increased settlement. Learn about the campaign to create the first National Park in the east and the personal sacrifices residents made in order to make Congress’ 1926 “novel experiment” possible. Get some fresh air on a variety of expert-led walks and short hikes while basking in the splendor of the park’s natural beauty.
Activity Level
Moderately Challenging
Hiking 3-5 miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 4,000 feet.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore mountains, forests and meadows in Shenandoah National Park and traverse the famous Skyline Drive with its gentle curves and many vistas.
  • Enjoy a combination of expert-led walks and short hikes, and delight in special evening performances and talks.
  • Stay overnight at the Big Meadows Lodge complex inside the Park.
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Jeffrey F Ruggles
Jeffrey Ruggles is a historian and photographer whose specialities include the history of Virginia and 19th-20th century popular culture. He has published a book on photography and a biography of Henry Box Brown. His professional background includes curator at Virginia Historical Society, gallery exhibitions, and permanent installations. Jeffrey also owned and operated a popular restaurant in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom for a number of years.
Bruce Bytnar
Jeffrey F Ruggles
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