This 110-mile loop tours much of the northern Shenandoah Valley from the valley floor to the ridgeline of the surrounding mountains. This tour provides you with varied, sweeping views alternately looking up at the mountains and down at the valleys. The route goes past small towns, both branches of the Shenandoah River, Civil War battle sites, and several caves with guided tours. The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia stretches for about 200 miles in a northeast-southwest line from the West Virginia panhandle to Roanoke. The valley was first settled by Europeans in the early 1700s who adopted the Indian name “Shenandoah,” which means “daughter of the stars.” It soon became a major farming area and corridor for westward expansion.
Features include a trip along the ridgeline of Massanutten Mountain, the opportunity to visit some of the Shenandoah Valley’s world-famous caves, a drive through a covered bridge, and several Civil War battlefields. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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