Family Activities:

Self-Guided Hikes


Self-Guided Hikes

Shenandoah National Park, VA

This is a great park to introduce your children to the joys of hiking. You can take technology into the woods by renting a GPS Ranger, available from the Byrd Visitor Center, (milepost 52). These handheld devices not only keep you on track but add animation, video and audio, pointing out places of interest and relating forest facts along the route. The device covers four trails. Of these, two favorites are Dark Hollow Falls (mile 50.7), a 1.4-mile roundtrip to a cascading waterfall, and the Meadow Discovery Walk, suitable for all ages.

Other good hikes to do without GPS devices include Little Stony Man Cliffs (Mile 39.1), a 0.9-mile, one-hour round-trip with a 270-foot elevation gain, and the longer Whiteoak Canyon trail, (mile 42.6), a five-mile round-trip that treats you to six cascading waterfalls.