Expert Travel Advice to Shenandoah National Park

Top Answers To Shenandoah National Park Travel Questions

  • Alistair answered:
    Peak foliage in the North Carolina area of the Blue Ridge Parkway is typically the end of October, beginning of November, though I think should see plenty of color around October 21st, particularly at the higher elevations. If you're coming down from the north, you might also get some color along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, which leads into the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both North Carolina's and Virginia's tourism boards do a good job of tracking the fall-foliage color, though they haven't yet started reporting for this year. But if you bookmark following websites, you'll be able to get updates starting around mid- to late September: http://www.virginia.org/Fall/ http://www.exploreasheville.com/seasonal-fun/fall/color-report/ Lastly, our sister site, GORP.com, includes a good resource for all things fall, include color tracker and recommended regional drives and hikes: http://www.gorp.com/fall-foliage/index-sp.html
  • Anonymous user answered:
    That stretch of the AT is one of the nicest and best-maintained sections on the entire trail, so expect crowds--especially if you're going to hike it on the weekend. Same goes for people in the camping shelters--bring a tent, as thru hikers and overnighters might be occupying the best spots. Also, unless you're planning an out-and-back, you'll have to arrange for a shuttle, so you want to find a spot where you can leave your cars near the start/end--which isn't always the easiest thing within the park proper. My suggestion would be to consider starting near Old Rag (easily one of the best day hikes around). This is not off Skyline, but from that parking lot you can hike into the park pretty easily. (and if you want to summit Old Rag with your pack, take the fire road--the direct roue would be tricky w/ a big backpack). From Old Rag you can get into White Oak Canyon, a great spot where you can follow the river to dodge the crowd and find some swimming holes. There's over 100 miles of the AT in the park, so you options are pretty open. This approach, tho, does hit some of the highlights. You can also carve out a loop by hopping off the white blaze (the AT) the blue blaze trails within the park. Here's a decent resource for hikes in the park itself: http://www.gorp.com/parks-guide/travel-ta-shenandoah-national-park-hiking-front-royal-virginia-sidwcmdev_056137.html Also, you need a backcountry camping permit (that you must display on your tent). Don't forget to camp 100 yards from any established trail, and use bear bags--the rangers are fastidious in Shenandoah, so play by the rules.
  • Anonymous user asked:
    Anonymous user answered:
    With a few exceptions, dogs (and other pets) or all sizes are allowed in the park, but they must be leashed and under control at all times. More information at: http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/pets.htm
  • Anonymous user answered:
    If you are not bringing your own kayaks, it will be difficult to find overnight kayak rentals. Downriver Canoe Company offers kayak rentals in Bentonville. The following website will assist you in finding lodging in the area: http://bit.ly/cHSjMZ I hope this helps you in travel planning. Have a great trip!

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