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Photo Inspiration: Shenandoah National Park

There were many reasons for our moving to Charlottesville earlier this year. The presence of Shenandoah National Park was a major one.

The southern entrance of this amazing national park lies a 30-minute drive from Charlottesville. So far, I’ve been there a handful of times, to do some hiking, drive on Skyline Drive or simply snap some photos. This is another of my national park photo inspiration posts, the purpose of which is to inspire you guys to head outdoors and explore some of the incredible national parks on this beautiful planet. Below, you find a selection of my favorite Shenandoah National Park photos.

Hopefully, they trigger your desire to visit this superb park in Virginia. But first, let’s start off with a bit of basic info about the park. (There is much more information on this website’s Shenandoah National Park page on this website, as well as some more Shenandoah National Park photos.)

An Intro to Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park protects a long and narrow section of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia. It comprises 311 square miles (805 square kilometers) of mountains and meadows, dense forests and wilderness areas. These various landscapes make the park a hotspot for fauna and flora.

Shenandoah National Park’s diversity in habitats supports 1,400 different vascular plants, more than 100 species of trees, 300 mammals species and more than 200 species of birds. The park has one of the largest concentrations of black bears in the United States. Other high-profile mammals are coyotes, raccoons, groundhogs and white-tailed deer.

Visitors don’t even have to venture into the wilderness to spot wild animals. Skyline Drive, an exceptionally scenic 105-mile (169-kilometer) road, winds its way through the heart of the park, essentially following the mountains’ ridge from south to north. Wild animals, including black bears, often leisurely crosses the road. Skyline Drive is the absolute star attraction of Shenandoah National Park. It is the park’s one and only road and almost every highlight in the park lies along this phenomenal road. There are more than 70 lookout points, a few visitor centers, four campgrounds and a number of waysides.

Additionally, numerous hiking (and horseback riding) trails start just off the road. Many of them are quite short, as Skyline Drive already lies near the summits of Shenandoah National Park’s mountains, but some do provide real challenges and run deep into the wilderness.

Opened year-round, Shenandoah National Park offers outdoor adventures for all abilities and all ages, its attractions ranging from an abundance of wildlife and wonderful hikes to picturesque waterfalls and one of the most extraordinary mountain roads in the United States.

Now, let’s dive into what this post really is all about, shall we?

Enjoy the following Shenandoah National Park photos and start planning your trip!

Inspiring Shenandoah National Park photos
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Inspiring Shenandoah National Park Photos

View from Blackrock Summit

Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah National Park
Blackrock Summit

Dark Hollow Falls

Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park
Dark Hollow Falls

Deer at Big Meadows

Deer at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Deer at Big Meadows

Paine Run

Paine Run, Shenandoah National Park
Paine Run

Sunrise on Skyline Drive

Sunrise on Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
Sunrise on Skyline Drive

Trayfoot Mountain Trail

Trayfoot Mountain Trail, Shenandoah National Park
Trayfoot Mountain Trail

Mother Bear with Cubs

Black bear with cubs, Shenandoah National Park
Black bear with cubs crossing Skyline Drive

Hiking Trail across Big Meadows

Walking path in Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Hiking trail across Big Meadows

Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley

Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley

Mountain Laurel

Mountain laurel, Shenandoah National Park
Mountain laurel

Shenandoah National Park Landscape

Shenandoah National Park photos: Shenandoah landscape
Shenandoah National Park landscape

Classic Shenandoah National Park View

Shenandoah National Park
Classic view in Shenandoah National Park

Big Meadows Sign

Big Meadows sign, Skyline Drive
Sign at Big Meadows

A Peculiar Looking Mountain

Conical mountain, Shenandoah National Park
Conical mountain

Paine Run Trail

Paine Run Trail, Shenandoah National Park
Paine Run Trail

Big Meadows

Big Meadows landscape, Shenandoah National Park
Big Meadows

One of Many Lookout Points

Wildflowers in Shenandoah National Park
Wildflowers in Shenandoah National Park

Skyline Drive

View from Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park
View from Skyline Drive

Cascading Dark Hollow Falls

Shenandoah National Park photos: Dark Hollow Falls
Dark Hollow Falls, a series of wonderful cascades

Frazier Discovery Trail

Frazier Discovery Trail, Shenandoah National Park
Frazier Discovery Trail

Three Black Bear Cubs Climbing a Tree

Bear cubs climbing a tree, Shenandoah National Park
Bear cubs climbing a tree

Wildflowers at Big Meadows

Wildflowers at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Wildflowers at Big Meadows

Rolling Hills

Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Rolling hills in Shenandoah National Park

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