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Shenandoah National Park encompasses part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state of Virginia. This national park is long and narrow, with the broad Shenandoah River and valley on the west side, and the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont on the east. Shenandoah's Blue Ridge Mountains are covered by hardwood forests that are home to tens of thousands of animals. The Skyline Drive and Appalachian Trail run the entire length of this narrow park that has more than 500 miles (800 km) of hiking trails along scenic overlooks and waterfalls of the Shenandoah River. The highest peak is Hawksbill Mountain at 4,051 feet (1,235 m).
We brought our six month old lab here for his first hike in mountains. Having hiked some of the more "dramatic" hikes in the park, I didn't go into this one with a lot of expectation other than a nice walk in the woods. I was pleasantly surprised though. Not much elevation change but there are a couple of hills to climb. The walk up the path through the electrical poles was pretty cool. The farm itself was a nice stopping point. Not much to look at, basically an old barn but fun anyway. We kept going and came to a really nice overlook on Dickeys Ridge and took some pics. All in all nothing crazy but it did exceed my expectations.
Nice workout hike with lots of varying terrain. Some woodland trail, some very rocky sections, some fairly steep, some easy going. Not much for views. Would be nice to figure out a bushwhack to the peak. I did not see any evidence of waterfalls, but maybe it's just been dry around here (I'm just visiting family).
So much fun! Make sure to wear shoes with good traction because even though the climbing isn't too intense, there are a few opportunities to wipe out if it's wet at all (which it was today!). Very nicely marked and an amazing view. I would highly recommend this one!
I hiked this trail in the dead winter (mid February). The traffic was light but the waterfalls were spectacular. The trail was little bit muddy but it was manageable. I had a great hike.