Appalachian Trail: Shenandoah National Park

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Shenandoah National Park

Appalachian Trail: Shenandoah National Park is a 115.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Waynesboro, Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length115.5 miElevation gain22,765 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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Shenandoah National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Ellen Charlottesville
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Hiking

Just a quicky hike starting from Rockfish Gap as the SNP south gate is closed.

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Kelly L
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Brett Gallagher
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HikingGreat!
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Zachary Senter
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Tyler Irvin
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

The recording is wrong this section is about 110 miles. Beautiful trail lots of ups and downs. Be ware that you have to camp at shelters, and that’s primarily where the water is located. We were either having to do -13 miles a day or +20 miles to get to a shelter to spend the night. Overall, great trail, great place to test new gear, and awesome scenery.

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Sarah McDaniel
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Hiking

Great trail run! Definitely some technical spots that required hiking but super fun overall!

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Thomas Brady
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Hiking

Does anyone know what kind of water access is available through this section of the AT? I’m section hiking the entire park in September and am trying to figure out if there are any swimming accommodations, springs, creeks rivers etc. I’m going to hike the section with my dog and he’ll need to cool down every once in a while

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Jimi Cowdrey
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great hike many views and tons of strange deer. can someone confirm the miles in this section. I've been getting mixed numbers. what I added up doesn't equal 128. more like 110 ish.

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Jay Huggins
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Hiking

Out and back on the AT from the southern entrance of Skyline drive. Steady elevation gain for most of the 3 miles out. This results in a nice descent for the 3 miles in. No particular views to speak of but Waynesboro and the western mountain are visible in winter when the trees are bare.

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Leah MacDaniel
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Hiking

Hiked 3 miles out and back to the shelter. The trail is very well maintained in this stretch. I ran into lots of hikers in a group from DC.

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Lee Starks
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My Friend Dave and I section hiked about 70 miles from Waynesboro to Lurray area. The first 2 days kicked my butt. Up down up down repeat. Lol. It was gloriously awesome. It took a couple days to get my lungs. People say it’s the easiest section along the AT. That may be but it took its toll on us 40 something and 50 something year old guys. We’re from Illinois so it’s hard to train for the AT. I did about 8-12 with a 30lb ruck 3-4 days a week for a couple months. I thought I was ready lol. O2 is important haha. Anyway the scenery was everything it’s cracked up to be just awesome. We met mostly thru-hikers who were equally awesome. Saw Bears, Deer, all kinds of birds and wildlife. Truely was spectacular in every sense. If you’ve ever consider trying a section hike on the AT this one is for you! I can’t wait to go back. If you goto AT Section Hikers on Facebook. Search my name I wrote a short story about the trip. Seems to be enjoyed by many.

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Apollo Stoewer
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Hiking

This was an amazing first experience on the AT. The huts are well kept and the trails are generally clean. Quite hot and humid in late July, but that was expected. The springs are cool and refreshing. There is a lot of service stops along the way, so you really don’t need as much supplies as you think you might.

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Bri Linton
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Hiking

Such a beautiful experience.. stayed in the backcountry and returned today. there were many outlooks hidden behind some bushes. it reminded me something out of The Lord of the Rings. definitely returning soon!!

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Cori Strathmeyer
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First to Review

The trail travels through the rolling hills of the Shenandoah. We were blessed with seeing much wildlife: black bears, white tail deer, wild turkey, scarlet tanager and cardinals. The only draw back was the times we needed to cross the Skyline Drive, which, at times was filled with noisy motorcycles. One benefit to the trail going through the National Park is the access to visitor centers, restrooms, lodge rooms and restaurants.

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Greg Eans
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HikingGreat!

Completed this section of the Appalachian Trail, hiking south to north, in April, 2007. Beautiful landscape.

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je yoo
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Nathan Hanger
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Alan White
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Kelly L
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David Plemons
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Matt Midgette
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