Shenandoah National Park

The view from Little Stony Man Mountain, along the vaunted Appalachian Trail, provides glimpses of the Skyline Drive winding its way.

Hundreds of years of farming and logging had denuded this stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains just 75 miles from Washington, D.C. Seeking to restore it, the U.S. government acquired parcels of the land during the Great Depression. Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, a work-relief program created by President Franklin Roosevelt set about reforesting it with hickory, oak, fir and poplar.

The Shenandoah National Park is renowned for having some of the nation’s most popular fishing streams. President Herbert Hoover had a cabin along the Rapidan River and would retreat there to catch trout. Park visitors can take in the cascading waterfalls, wooded hollows and fields of wildflowers or, in the fall, cruise along the famed 105-mile-long Skyline Drive to admire the changing foliage.

Throughout theShenandoah National Park, black bears, beavers and raccoons roam, and the lucky and very, very careful might catch a rare sighting of an eastern cougar.

Shenandoah National Park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the U.S. state of Virginia ccovering an area of 199,224 acres, established at 1935.

Location : Virginia, United States
ESTABLISHED 1935
199,224 ACRES
ANNUAL VISITORS: 1.43 M

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