Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park showing a river or creek and forests as well as a couple
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Choose one or more items to build your trip:
Blue ridges fill your view as you gaze over the many acres of tree-covered wilderness in this peaceful Virginia park.

As you travel along Skyline Drive on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park, stop to enjoy views of forested ridges, one behind the other. Challenge the family with the question, “How many ridges can you see?” As you observe hills near and far, you’re likely to see nothing but forest stretching for miles and merging into a blue haze at the far horizon.

The park offers beautiful sights in all seasons. Spring hiking may be muddy, but delicate wildflowers in a range of colors appear along the trails. Over 800 different flower varieties have been spotted here.

In summer, through-hikers traveling north or south on the 2,160-mile (3,480-kilometer) Appalachian Trail enjoy the shade of oak, poplar and spruce trees. About 100 miles (160 kilometers) of the Appalachian Trail run through the park. Follow the white markings on trees to complete a peaceful section of this famous hiking trail.

Visit in autumn when deciduous trees turn their leaves to brilliant yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Fish in some of the 70 mountain streams. In winter, when light snow cover turns the Blue Mountains to white, watch for deer, rabbits and other wildlife moving silently through the forest.

The park uses a system based on length and elevation gain to rate its hiking trails. Most tie to mile markers on Skyline Drive or points on the App Trail. Fort Windham Rocks is very easy with little vertical rise. The nearby moderate Compton East trail has unusual hexagonal greenstone. Tackle Old Rag Mountain for one of the most challenging hikes.

Shenandoah National Park is highly accessible to the metropolitan center of Washington D.C. Drive to the park’s northern entrance at Front Royal in less than 2 hours. The Skyline Drive Blue Ridge highway stretches north and south through the park for 105 miles (170 kilometers), with more than 75 scenic outlooks to stop and take photos, have a picnic, complete a short hike or simply enjoy the serenity of the mountains.

Like other U.S. national parks, Shenandoah National Park offers affordable adventure for all types of travelers.

Top Hotels Close to Shenandoah National Park

Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
2.5 out of 5
262 NEFF AVENUE, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $100 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 24
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Harrisonburg. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (536 reviews)
"Great staff...very friendly. I liked the signs for doors of rooms with a furry family member traveling along."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Hyatt Place Harrisonburg
Hyatt Place Harrisonburg
3 out of 5
1884 EVELYN BYRD AVE, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
The price is $104 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Harrisonburg. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Popular attractions Edith J. Carrier Arboretum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (243 reviews)
"New hotel, clean, neat and comfortable. Recommend."

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2022

Cave Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast
Cave Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
9875 Cave Hill Road, McGaheysville, VA, 22840
The price is $159 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 14
Stay at this 3-star B&B in McGaheysville. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (190 reviews)
"The history is neat to see"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see Shenandoah National Park

Hotel Zena, a Viceroy Urban Retreat
Viceroy Washington DC
Hyatt Place National Harbor

Read travel guides and advice on visiting Shenandoah National Park

Popular places to visit


Best Lodging Options Near Shenandoah National Park

Days Inn by Wyndham Charlottesville/University Area
Days Inn by Wyndham Charlottesville/University Area
2 out of 5
1610 Emmet St N, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
Comfort Inn & Suites Harrisonburg
2.5 out of 5
262 NEFF AVENUE, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
Hyatt Place Harrisonburg
Hyatt Place Harrisonburg
3 out of 5
1884 EVELYN BYRD AVE, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
Cave Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast
Cave Hill Farm Bed & Breakfast
3 out of 5
9875 Cave Hill Road, McGaheysville, VA, 22840
Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg
Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg
2.5 out of 5
1440 E Market St, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
Massanutten Resort by Tripforth
Massanutten Resort by Tripforth
3 out of 5
1822 Resort Drive, McGaheysville, VA, 22840
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Ctr
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Ctr
3.5 out of 5
710 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Charlottesville-UVA, VA
3 out of 5
1600 Emmet Street, Charlottesville, VA, 22901
English Inn of Charlottesville
English Inn of Charlottesville
3 out of 5
2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, VA, 22903
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.