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April 29, 2022 / mws

2022 Shenandoah National Park

 

The most outstanding feature of the Shenandoah National Park is the 105-mile-long Skyline Drive. We entered from Front Royal on April 25,2022 and stopped at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. There were a few short hikes by the visitor center. The Fox Hollow is a 1.2 mile circuit trail past rocks and a family cemetery.  The Snead Farm Loop Trail meanders along the old Snead Farm Road to the Snead Barn. 

Skyline Drive was designed and constructed in the 1930’s to provide scenic views within the park. Seventy-six overlooks, and many drive-by vistas were constructed along the drive so tourists could enjoy the views as they toured the park. Since it was early Spring, the new buds were visible in the northern part of the parks adding an extra layer to the scenery. 

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My favorite overlook was the Range View Overlook. This overlook has views of Jenkins Mountain, Pignet Mountain and Hogback Mountain. It is located at MP 17 in the northern district of Shenandoah, five miles north of Matthews Arm Campground. 

Mary’s Rock Tunnel has always been a popular stop on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. The tunnel is located at Mile Marker 32.2 and the tunnel parking overlook is just to the south. There was a mini waterfall cascade just by the tunnel.

Some of the other overlooks were also very scenic!

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We chose to stay at Graves Mountain Farm and Lodges in the Boxwood Cottage.  It was a large cottage and had a great view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Graves Farm offers lodge rooms and many cabin choices. The lodge includes a restaurant which serves breakfast and dinner.  There is also a small deli and snack store a short distance from the lodge.  Close by are trails to White Oak Canyon and Old Rag Mountain. Graves Mountain Farm and lodges are on the eastern side of the Blue Ridge Mountains and offer more remote lodging for those who prefer solitude.
 
Here’s the view from the lodge:
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and a few other photos from around Graves Mountain Farm and Lodge

We chose a good time of the year to visit Shenandoah Park since it was not at all crowded and we had great weather. We met some wonderful folks from around the country at the overlooks, continuing our conversations at the next overlook. The Blue Ridge Mountains are beautiful and definitely the crown jewel of Shenandoah National Park.

“Spend time with nature. Spend time with your soul.” ~ Anthony Douglas Williams

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