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
6 days
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At a Glance

In 1935 President Roosevelt dedicated 100 miles of the Blue Ridge 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. Hike 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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from two hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 4-8 miles on varied terrain. Elevations up to 4000 feet.
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 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.
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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