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Families will love:

  • 105 miles of scenic-skyline drives
  • Skyland and Big Meadows Lodges
  • Ranger guided hikes and campfire talks

Covering nearly 200,000 acres of forests, mountains and streams, Shenandoah National Park straddles the Blue Ridge Mountains. Legend has it that "Shenandoah" means either "daughter of the stars" or "river of high mountains" in a Native American language. Both phrases aptly describe aspects of the park's legendary beauty.

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Covering nearly 200,000 acres of forests, mountains and streams, Shenandoah National Park straddles the Blue Ridge Mountains. Legend has it that "Shenandoah" means either "daughter of the stars" or "river of high mountains" in a Native American language. Both phrases aptly describe aspects of the park's legendary beauty.

Two mountain peaks top 4,000 feet and three major rivers begin in the park: the Shenandoah, the Rappahannock and the James. Scenic Skyline Drive runs for 105 miles, the length of the park, starting near Front Royal and ending at Rockfish Gap. Along the way, pause at overlooks that deliver panoramic views of the Blue Ridge peaks. And be sure to get out of your car to hike some trails, several of which are suitable even for young kids.

Shenandoah National Park's north entrance, located near Front Royal, is about 75 miles from Washington, D.C. The park's central section contains the two biggest lodges -- Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge -- and the southern section features spectacular backcountry.

During summer and fall, the park's two most popular seasons, rangers deliver special programs from guided hikes to campfire talks and the two main accommodations -- Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge -- feature Blue Grass bands and other evening entertainment plus a daily children's activity such as crafts or storytelling sessions.

Written by Candyce H. Stapen less

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