I spent two days in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, and was completely overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the park, which will definitely shine through in the Shenandoah National Park photos in this post.
Protecting a section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are part of the much larger Appalachian Mountains chain, in central Virginia, Shenandoah National Park was established in 1936. It was an immediate success, primarily due to the fact that the park is bisected by the phenomenal Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway. The 1930s was the decade Americans got hooked on their so-called “motor cars.” Road tripping was the thing to do back then, this brand new national park the place to do it if you lived on the East Coast.
During my two days, I drove almost the entire length of Skyline Drive, snapped some photos from a handful of the 75 scenic lookouts that line that road, and did two short hikes and one longer one. While all of that was amazing already, the absolute highlight of my weekend was the five (!) black bears that I spotted. One bear ran away when I hiked past, while the other four were a mother and her three little cubs who crossed Skyline Drive in the early evening. Never having seen large animals like those in the wild, I was utterly impressed. Other wildlife I had the fortune to see included turkeys, deer and squirrels.
Shenandoah National Park is home to one of the largest wilderness areas of any national park in the United States, as well as to one of the country’s largest black bear populations. It features one of the United States’ most beautiful roads and about 500 miles (800 kilometers) of backcountry hiking trails. It’s a paradise for people who like to be outdoors.
Of course, I brought my camera along. I took more than 100 pictures during those two days in the park, my favorite ten of which I have listed for you below as some travel inspiration. I strongly encourage you to visit Shenandoah National Park—and I’m sure you’ll want to after seeing the following Shenandoah National Park photos.
10 Amazing Shenandoah National Park Photos