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
- View from Blackrock Summit
- Dark Hollow Falls
- Deer at Big Meadows
- Paine Run
- Sunrise on Skyline Drive
- Trayfoot Mountain Trail
- Mother Bear with Cubs
- Hiking Trail across Big Meadows
- Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley
- Mountain Laurel
- Shenandoah National Park Landscape
- Classic Shenandoah National Park View
- Big Meadows Sign
- A Peculiar Looking Mountain
- Paine Run Trail
- Big Meadows
- One of Many Lookout Points
- Skyline Drive
- Cascading Dark Hollow Falls
- Frazier Discovery Trail
- Three Black Bear Cubs Climbing a Tree
- Wildflowers at Big Meadows
- Rolling Hills
View from Blackrock Summit
Dark Hollow Falls
Deer at Big Meadows
Sunrise on Skyline Drive
Trayfoot Mountain Trail
Mother Bear with Cubs
Hiking Trail across Big Meadows
Sunrise over Shenandoah Valley
Shenandoah National Park Landscape
Classic Shenandoah National Park View
Big Meadows Sign
A Peculiar Looking Mountain
Paine Run Trail
One of Many Lookout Points
Cascading Dark Hollow Falls
Frazier Discovery Trail
Three Black Bear Cubs Climbing a Tree
Wildflowers at Big Meadows
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