08 Jul 2013
Mountain views, fresh air, peaceful forests – Shenandoah National Park is the perfect RV escape (and our featured park of the month)!
The breathtaking Shenandoah National Park in Virginia’s scenic Blue Ridge Mountains is less than two hours from the hustle and bustle of Washington, D.C., making it an easy weekend getaway.
The park has four entrances and charges an entrance fee per vehicle that is good for seven days. Big Meadows recreation area is the perfect place to park and explore Shenandoah and all its natural splendor. Three waterfalls are within walking distance, or you can just enjoy the simple beauty of the vast meadow.
Be sure to travel the park’s famous Skyline Drive featuring 105 miles of gorgeous scenery from atop the mountains. The winding, mountainous road is RV-friendly; however, RV drivers should note that Mary’s Rock Tunnel has a max height of 12’8″, although there are other routes through that area without height restrictions.
The Shenandoah Valley is also home to the Luray Caverns. Toss a coin (or paper money if you really need some luck) into the Wishing Well and listen to the Great Stalacpipe Organ – the world’s largest musical instrument.
A few hours south, you can see Virginia’s Natural Bridge. Hike past the 20 stories of sheer, nature-carved rock on the Cedar Creek Trail.
After your hike, reward yourself with a night in Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park and enjoy some family fun. Canoe on the James River or, if you’re looking for a more relaxing way to cool off, head to the campground’s on-site water park!
Next time you need a natural escape, look no further than Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding valley!
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