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Shenandoah National Park, Front Royal: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Shenandoah National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

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Ely
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Great Experience
Aug 2020
A very scenic drive with many overlooks. We took a hike down to Hollow falls. it was beautiful and provided quite a picture opportunity. I would totally recommend.
Written August 18, 2020
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Kevin M
Lincoln, NE127 contributions
Fantastic National Park and Great Employees
Dec 2019
Worked there in the 90's, very proud of all my coworkers and all we accomplished! Everytime I'm back for a visit I am awed by the beauty everywhere I look as well as the history of the park, greater Shenandoah Valley and the Piedmont Plain
Written December 28, 2019
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Abird
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Simply Breath Taking
Sep 2019 • Couples
Underrated and under used! Spectacular views and loads of wildlife. Within 5 miles of entering the park from Front Royal we saw a bear with three cubs, it was worth the $30 entrance fee for 7 days. As we drove the 100 miles of the park we saw more bear and a lot of deer that posed for pictures walking along side of the truck. We did two hikes while we were there. 1- Matthews arm to the waterfall. *WARNING* not the site that we expected. Beautiful trail but no real view of the waterfall with this much foliage. 2- Compton Gap rd to Springhouse trail. We got to see our first bear out of the vehicle. It was way more scared of us than we were of it. These trails were both pet friendly. Some trails are not and are listed in the brochure they give you at the gate. One day we decided to watch the sunrise at Compton overlook and we were seemingly the only ones in the park. Extremely quiet and no traffic at 0645. We saw a few birds fly over and could even hear the sound of the wind through their wings, now that’s quiet! The park rangers were very helpful and will aid you in picking trails according to your abilities, pet friendly, and duration. Most trails are very well maintained and some are even wide enough to walk side by side. If you like the national parks, this one is a must!
Written September 27, 2019
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL11,833 contributions
NPS Jewel of the East - Must Visit
May 2021
Shenandoah is consistently recognized as one of the top 25 parks in the NPS and one of the Best 4 in the East. It can be tempting to write the east off for all the amazing superlatives of the western parks. However, for me, Shenandoah was a great experience and top national park.

My daughter and I spent a couple of days in the park in mid May. While fall may be it best and most popular season, May is an incredible second with all the wildflowers in bloom. I have spent most of my life visiting the Blue Ridge and Appalachians of North Carolina, but the mountains of Virginia in Shenandoah are just as good.

The highlights are the mountain peaks and valley waterfalls and we made sure to hike to a couple of both. We visited Dark Hollows and Rose River Falls and while nice my favorites were the peaks at Hawksbill, Stony Man and Mary's Rock. While I love hiking in the West, I grew up in the East this seem so familiar and enjoyable to me. Let me say some of the heights and drops were some of the greatest I have ever seen in the East, like Hawksbill and Mary's Rock.

We also stayed in the park at Big Meadows Lodge which enabled us to enjoy two great experiences in this park, the wildlife at Big Meadows and sunsets on the mountain. The deer were everywhere at twilight and highlight for my daughter. The sunsets were magical on the mountain and my favorite time in the park.

In summary this is a great National Park anywhere, but a truly superlative one in the East. Make time to visit.
Written July 5, 2021
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paxa
Washington DC, DC6,111 contributions
Hightop Summit Trail
Oct 2020
We love this park and try to come here at least a few times a year. It's a relatively easy drive from DC. Usually we just get on Skyline Drive and go from one entrance to the next, in between check out the overlooks and also do some hiking.

This time we entered the park at Swift Run and since it's already late afternoon chose the Hightop Summit trail - located at mile post 66.7, just about a mile south of Swift Run entrance. This is a perfect trail for a short hike - 3 miles total out and back, with 900+ ft elevation gain spread out pretty evenly all the way up, and a fantastic view at the top where there's a small rock outcropping - not good for a large group especially in these pandemic times but can probably fit 6-8 max at the same time sufficiently distanced if scattered above and below. Trail is well maintained and scenic with big rocks by the side. Surface is alternately packed dirt and rocky (this is part of the AT after all). The ascent is a steady uphill but never very steep (rated as "moderate"), so pretty easy if you hike at a leisurely pace - for more cardio workout will need to hike faster. Best thing is the return trip is all the way down.

Weekends probably should be avoided - we were there on a weekday afternoon and it wasn't empty. In the 2+ hours encountered a total of about 30 people in varying group sizes of under 6 (parking area is also limited - capacity about 8 cars).
Written October 4, 2020
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Sue L
705 contributions
Amazing views and history
May 2020
This is a "must" for anyone visiting the area, where if for a few miles or the entirety of Skyline Drive. There is an entry fee, modest for what you see before you, and worth every penny. Love going any time we can. Views outstanding and rangers are very helpful.
Written August 2, 2020
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cryoung2
Charleston, WV160 contributions
Breathtaking views on skyline drive
Mar 2020
This park and the skyline drive are national treasures. The park is immaculate and the drive is one of a kind. I usually see a black bear on the drive but this must be too early in the year. This is a must see.
Written March 7, 2020
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JJ F
White Plains, NY199 contributions
Skyline Drive with Great Views
Nov 2019
We went on a very windy day in November but feel Spring and/or Fall would be best! Many places to pull off for spectacular views. Bathrooms and other facilities are throughout the park as well as many hiking trails. Even as blustery as the day we went was, we say many hikers out enjoying themselves. If you go during shoulder or off-season, do call or research ahead to be sure you know what is open. We went on Thanksgiving Day and many shops and some restrooms were closed and/or locked. We highly recommend doing this, it was an enjoyable experience for us.
Written December 1, 2019
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MKMKMK
New Brunswick, NJ31 contributions
Breathtaking fall views
Sep 2019
This is one of my favorite getaways. If you’re looking to clear your mind and go on a nice hike or beautiful scenic drive you will not go wrong choosing Shenandoah National Park. We drove up Skyline Drive for about an hour and stopping often to take in the panoramic view. There are tons of overlook spots and hiking areas. The roads are extremely well-maintained. The moderate trail may be hard for average people. The Lewis trail loop took us 2.5 hours. The visitor center is your typical visitors center that has a lot of historical artifacts. This is just a beautiful park with breathtaking views and I’m told they honor the national parks pass.
Written November 14, 2019
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Don B
Hedgesville, WV465 contributions
Wonderful and Senic
Aug 2019
A must to do. My wife and are seniors and have a Special Pass that allows us to go on to the park. Always enjoy traveling along the parkway.
Written August 15, 2019
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