Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The Shenandoah River flows through the valley to the west, with Massanutten Mountain, 40 miles long, standing between the river's north and south forks. The rolling Piedmont country lies to the east of the park. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to east and west. The park holds more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Trails may follow a ridge crest, or they may lead to high places with panoramic views or to waterfalls in deep canyons. Many animals, including deer, black bears, and wild turkeys, flourish among the rich growth of an oak-hickory forest. In season, bushes and wildflowers bloom along the Drive and trails and fill the open spaces. Apple trees, stone foundations, and cemeteries are reminders of the families who once called this place home. Shenandoah National Park has many stories waiting to be told, and a world of beauty that can renew and bring peace to the spirit.
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November 3, by Olga
Vacation on Shenandoah National Park
I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Luray Caverns and Shenandoah National Park with my family some 2 years ago. We live in Columbus, Ohio and just drove 7 hours to see these amazing scenic destinations. We extremely impressed to see the attractive splendor of the underground caverns, the majestic formation of stalactites and the shimmering water pool. You can also hear a sort of music thru the rocky formations. After the cavern tour, there is also a maze in an ornamental garden that you shouldnt miss at all. We sat at the benches outside as we listened to the Luray Singing Tower (known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial). It is just across the cavern. We were lucky to hear the countrys major carillons that day. It was very relaxing experience. We visited Shenandoah National Park through the Skyline Drive, a national scenic byway wherein we stopped over to view surrounding areas and enjoyed the amazing colors of autumn. We took pictures and enjoyed the cool wind as we drove the 105 mile stretch along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We stayed at Woodruff Inns bed and breakfast which provided decent services. My wife was especially impressed by this inns food which was economical as well. The location of this inn is perfect for all travelers because its near Luray Caverns and National Park. I would highly recommend this to tourists planning trips towards Luray.