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Central District - Shenandoah National Park- This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway along the crest of the mountains is one of the main features. The park is divided into three districts with the Central District beginning at Thornton Gap (milepost 31.5) and continuing to Swift Run / Rt. 33 (milepost 65).
North District - Shenandoah National Park- This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway along the crest of the mountains is one of the main features. The park is divided into three districts with the North District beginning just south of Front Royal, Virginia and extending to Thornton Gap (milepost 31.5).
South District - Shenandoah National Park- This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway along the crest of the mountains is one of the main features. The park is divided into three districts with the South District beginning at Swift Run / Rt. 33 (milepost 65) and ending at Rockfish (milepost 105).

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Shenandoah National Park
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Shenandoah National Park
Description - Shenandoah National Park encompasses 196,466.19 acres along a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge lies within the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. A highlight of the park is Skyline Drive, which stretches over 100 miles north/south through the park. This scenic drive winds through hardwood forests along the crest of of the Blue Ridge Mountains providing numerous vistas of the surrounding landscape. Shenandoah is also known for its popular trails. During the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps built and impressive network of facilities and trails. There are over 500 miles of trails, seven picnic areas, four major campgrounds and two visitor centers.

Recreation - Park recreation opportunities include: hiking (over 500 miles of hiking trails), backpacking, bike touring, wildlife and wildflower photography, scenic driving, viewing exhibits and fishing.

Climate - The mountains in Shenandoah National Park are usually ten degrees cooler than the valley below, but provide pleasant summer weather for outdoor activities. Summer afternoon showers are the norm and weather changes quickly. Winters can be severe with snow and ice. Layered clothing is recommended throughout the year to ensure comfort with any forecast.

Location - The Park lies in northwestern Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains between the Shenandoah River, to the west, and the Piedmont country, to the east. The site is approximately 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. between Front Royal in the north and Waynesboro in the south.

Directions from : Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. Mile markers are placed along the right-hand side of the road heading south. They are numbered from north to south beginning at the northern terminus in Front Royal, Virginia. Facilities, trails and park features use the mile markers as points of reference. At mile 81.1, park in the Doyles River parking area where you will find a large trailhead with directions.


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Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Hwy 211E. , Luray, VA, 22835-9036, Phone: 540-999-3500

Additional Information:
Central District - Shenandoah National Park - This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway along the crest of the mountains is one of the main features. The park is divided into three districts with the Central District beginning at Thornton Gap (milepost 31.5) and continuing to Swift Run / Rt. 33 (milepost 65).
Charlottesville Area - Home to Presidents James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville is rich in history, culture and architecture.
North District - Shenandoah National Park - This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway along the crest of the mountains is one of the main features. The park is divided into three districts with the North District beginning just south of Front Royal, Virginia and extending to Thornton Gap (milepost 31.5).
Shenandoah Valley Travel Region - The Shenandoah Valley Travel Region is home to two State Parks, one National Park, the Appalachian Trail, several natural area preserves, several large lakes and the lovely Skyline Drive.
South District - Shenandoah National Park - This site was the East's first national park opening in 1936 after a massive purchase of private land. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway along the crest of the mountains is one of the main features. The park is divided into three districts with the South District beginning at Swift Run / Rt. 33 (milepost 65) and ending at Rockfish (milepost 105).
Virginia National Forests & Parks - Virginia is home to some of the most popular national parks and national forests in the Eastern United States.
Winchester Area - Winchester is the home of Virginia's famous Byrd Family and the thriving apple industry.

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Blue Ridge Parkway - Association Website
Shenandoah National Park - Official agency website
Shenandoah National Park Campground Reservations - Official agency Website
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