Winding along the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is a 105-mile scenic byway that traverses the entire length of Shenandoah National Park. It is famously know as one of the best mountain drives in the United States. You are bound to find the most spectacular panoramic views along Skyline Drive. Remember to stop for a picnic, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the valley at any of the drive’s overlooks as you wind your way through the park.
Located 9 miles west of Skyline Drive on Route 22 is the most popular carven in the east – Luray Caverns. Here, you will find the world’s largest natural musical instrument – the great Stalactite Organ. It is the main highlight of the caverns. When the stalactites are tapped, resonating sounds will be heard throughout the chamber. Let your kids stare at the exhibited historic cars and carriage and tackle a garden maze. If you’ve never gone underground, you will find this to be a very special threat.
This is one of the most popular mountain trails in the U.S. If you are looking to enjoy better stunning views of the sky and scenery, make your way to the summit of Old Rag Mountain. From moderate to difficult trail, you will scramble over boulders and hike your way through the forest. While baby-wearing parents and the littlest legs, may find this to be quite challenging, active youngsters will definitely love the climb.
Dark Hollow Falls is one of the most popular hikes and closest scenic falls to the Skyline Drive in the park. Due to its amazing waterfall views and short length, this quick hike is probably the most popular of all hikes in the park. Ensure to remain on the trail to avoid telling pitiable stories later. Located near Syria, Virginia, this 1.5 mile out and back trail can only be accessed from April through to October as it is primarily used for birding, walking and hiking.
While traversing some of the most scenic, wild, pastoral, wooded and culturally resonant lands on this 2,181-mile public footpath, you are sure to find a great adventure as you hike the Appalachian Trail. Whether you are a backpacker, hiker or an ordinary walker, this trail is open to you. However, motor vehicles and bicycles are not allowed on it.