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Virginia

Choose Your Pace: Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

Become a naturalist as you hike through the forests, meadows and marshes of Shenandoah National Park to historic sites and waterfalls and traverse the famous Skyline Drive.
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Program No. 23136RJ
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6 days
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1,199
Virginia

Choose Your Pace: Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

Become a naturalist as you hike through the forests, meadows and marshes of Shenandoah National Park to historic sites and waterfalls and traverse the famous Skyline Drive.
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6 days
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Program No. 23136 RJ
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At a Glance

In 1935 President Roosevelt dedicated 100 miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upper Virginia as Shenandoah National Park. During the Great Depression, a winding road called Skyline Drive was built atop the ridge through the park overlooking the Shenandoah Valley. Travel along this National Scenic Byway as you learn about the pioneering people and the culture that developed in these geologically ancient mountains. Experience hiking trails along the Appalachian Trail and to hollows and waterfalls, amidst an Eastern array of trees, wildflowers and birds. Learn about the changing forests and meadows in this unique biosphere.
Small Group
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 ...

  • Enjoy daily hikes on hiking trails to cascading waterfalls and the 1929 Rapidan Camp, a fishing camp that served as President Herbert Hoover’s retreat during his term in office.
  • Traverse the famous Skyline Drive with its gentle curves and many vistas.
  • Learn of the peoples who inhabited these mountains and of the many who surrendered their farms and orchards for the National Park.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Airport transfer at added cost.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Along Virginias Appalachian Trail
by Leonard M. Adkins and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
A pictorial history that covers sections in both Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway
The greatest single feature--a sky-line drive: 75 years of a mountaintop motorway
by Reed L. Engle
A pictorial history about the planning and construction of Skyline Drive
Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: a pocket field guide
by Ann Simpson and Rob Simpson





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