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Green landscape in Shenandoah National Park
Green landscape in Shenandoah National Park

20 Photos That Showcase the Beauty of Shenandoah National Park

You’ve got a passion for the outdoors. You love animals. You like getting your hands dirty and appreciate physical exercise. You have a driver’s license.

If these things sound like some kind of job requirements, they might well be. There definitely are jobs that involve these characteristics and skills. But that is not what this post is about at all. Those things listed above are simply what’s required for a fun visit to Shenandoah National Park in central Virginia.

What Sets Shenandoah National Park Apart

Shenandoah National Park is a long and narrow park protecting a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, including some valleys and various waterfalls. It’s a marvelous destination if you like to be outside and experience nature at its very best. Home to a thriving population of black bears and deer, this national park offers one-of-a-kind wildlife viewing opportunities—you’re almost guaranteed to spot a bear, or several bears, when driving Skyline Drive in the morning or evening. In fact, this park is home to one of the world’s densest black bears populations.

This is also one of the “wildest” national parks in the United States. Although it may not seem like that when you’re cruising down Skyline Drive, about 40% of Shenandoah National Park’s area is officially designated wilderness. Clearly, if you want to immerse yourself into the wild, you can do it in Shenandoah.

With about 500 miles of hiking trails and spectacular vistas, the park is a hiker’s dream destination. The park is traversed by a 100-mile section of the iconic Appalachian Trail, which runs along the crest of the Blue Ridge, roughly paralleling Skyline Drive. Other trails lead you to expansive views atop rocky peaks, into wooded hollows or to incredibly scenic waterfalls.

Lastly, when you add to the mix a long and fascinating history of farming, you’ve got yourself a varied and unique place to visit.

The twenty Shenandoah National Park photos below will prove to you the visit-worthiness this great national park. Get ready to pack your bags and don’t forget your hiking boots and camera!

20 Shenandoah National Park Photos

Black bear cubs, Shenandoah National Park
Black bear cubs, Shenandoah National Park

 

View from Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah National Park
View from Blackrock Summit

 

Trail in Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park
Trail in Big Meadows

 

Sunset from a Skyline Drive overlook
Sunset from a Skyline Drive overlook

 

Sunrise on Skyline Drive
Sunrise on Skyline Drive

 

Musician in Shenandoah National Park
Musician in Shenandoah National Park

 

Hiking in Shenandoah National Park
Hiking in Shenandoah National Park

 

Green landscape in Shenandoah National Park
Green landscape in Shenandoah National Park

 

Golden sunrise in Shenandoah National Park
Golden sunrise in Shenandoah National Park

 

Deer in Shenandoah National Park
Deer in Shenandoah National Park

 

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

 

Glimpse of Skyline Drive
Glimpse of Skyline Drive

 

Fall landscape in Shenandoah National Park
Fall landscape in Shenandoah National Park

 

Deer in Big Meadows
Deer in Big Meadows

 

Sunset at Brown Mountain Overlook, Shenandoah National Park
Sunset at Brown Mountain Overlook, Shenandoah National Park

 

Dawn over the Shenandoah Valley
Dawn over the Shenandoah Valley

 

Dawn in Shenandoah National Park
Dawn in Shenandoah National Park

 

Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park
Dark Hollow Falls, Shenandoah National Park

 

Brown Mountain Overlook, Skyline Drive
Brown Mountain Overlook, Skyline Drive

 

Black bear with cubs, Shenandoah National Park
Black bear with cubs

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4 comments

  1. Pamela Buckingham

    So well done, Bram! Shenandoah has been a favorite of our family since I can remember! Now I’ll be singing the song Shenandoah for the rest of the day! No problem with that at all! Thank you for the beautiful reminder of a beautiful place!

    • Thanks, Pamela! I live a half hour by car from Shenandoah National Park and, naturally, I spend a lot of time there. It’s a gorgeous place, indeed!

  2. Stunning photos Bram! What do you shoot with? Shenandoah is definitely on my list. Have you been to the Endless Caverns?

    • I haven’t been to the Endless Caverns yet, Denéa, but I have been to Luray Caverns, which are pretty amazing. These photos were all taken with my Sony a5000 or Olympus PEN E-P3.

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