Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park  by Bert and Jane Gildart

Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park Guide Book

by Bert and Jane Gildart (Falcon Guides)
Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park  by Bert and Jane Gildart
Shenandoah National Park straddles a beautiful stretch of the Blue Ridge, which forms the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains. Beginning in the late 1700s, settlers drifted into these hills and “hollers.” They cleared some of the vast forests that originally blanketed the region so that they could till the land. Shenandoah was established as a national park in 1935. For the most part, the forests reestablished naturally. As the flora returned, so did Shenandoah’s fauna. Today, some 200 species of birds occupy the park, as well as around fifty species of mammals, some of which had declined significantly in number prior to the park’s establishment.

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Trails from the "Best Easy Day Hikes Shenandoah National Park" Guide Book
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This short hike offers a 360-degree view and a real rock scramble toward the summit.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
A short loop hike brings you to a spectacular rocky summit with a short boulder scramble at the top.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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This is a fun, tranquil hike through a deciduous forest up to one of four day-use shelters in the park.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
This pleasant hike to the top of Calf Mountain winds through old pastures and some new-growth trees.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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Despite its 3-plus miles, this is a relatively easy family hike to interesting geological formations.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
This 5- to 6-hour 4.2-mile hike provides glimpses of the bygone era of the mountain people. On this hike head downhill via the Corbin Cabin Cutoff Trail, ascend via the Nicholson Hollow Trail, and end ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.3
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This is a short out-and-back hike to one of the park’s most popular and easily accessible waterfalls. The trail descends from the parking lot and follows Hogcamp Branch. At 0.6 mile there is an overl ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
A good leg stretcher, this hike offers photographic opportunities and insights into local geology.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
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This short and easy loop makes a delightful history hike to an old homestead area. An interpretive pamphlet, available for a small fee at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, will enhance the hike. The tr ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
This loop hike to the summit of the park’s highest mountain offers spectacular views. The trail begins at the north end of Hawksbill Gap parking lot. A level spur trail about 100 yards long leads to t ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
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This out-and-back hike contains some moderate and a few more challenging segments before concluding at the Loft Mountain Campground. The hike begins on the south side of the Ivy Creek Overlook. Turn ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.8
An enjoyable jaunt down an old road leads to views of a pretty waterfall. Lands Run Falls is not especially high, nor can you see the entire falls from the trail. But the setting is lovely, and the tr ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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This easy, 1- to 2-hour interpretive round-trip hike follows a trail that again dramatizes plant succession in the surrounding Blue Ridge forest.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.3
Enjoy a short walk along a crushed greenstone surface. The Limberlost Trail, once lined by ancient hemlocks, can provide inspiration for all. Addie Pollock laid the groundwork for preserving the Limbe ...
Luray, VA - Hiking,Walking - Trail Length: 1.3
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This fun family hike to the northeast summit of Loft Mountain offers views at several places. As you approach the summit of Loft Mountain, the trees grow more sparsely and blackberry bushes abound. At ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
Appropriate for families, this hike to the summit offers natural history, geology, panoramic views, and folklore. If you have the luxury of time, pick a clear day for this hike and go early in the mo ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
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Appropriate for families, this hike offers natural history, geology, panoramic views, and folklore.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.6
This pretty hike is convenient for the many folks who stay at Skyland during their visit to the park. The short hike starts from the Skyland complex and takes you to an observation platform with delig ...
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
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This inspiring venture along an easy trail provides insights into Shenandoah’s history and wildlife.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
This is an Appalachian Trail leg stretcher that leads to a rock overlook offering excellent views of Powell Gap Hollow and the mountains and farmlands to the east.
Luray, VA - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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