The website highlights all our adventures. Massanutten Mountain, a 40-mile long mountain range parallel to the national park, blocks the view for nearly 60 miles along the Skyline Drive. Whenever I plan a trip I always look to see if we can travel any scenic byways. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. On the way out of town, head for the award-winning Devil’s Backbone Brewery, located directly on Route 11. Top Shenandoah Valley Scenic Drives: See reviews and photos of scenic drives in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia on Tripadvisor. Take a ranger-led walk happening daily on the 1.2-mile Fox Hollow Trail. The trail is downhill all the way, remember the hike back up is very steep. Again, proper hiking shoes are a must. Even if you drive straight through, at the max speed limit of 35mph, it will take 3-hours. The park has tremendous views at every twist and turn of the road. The park offers a 2.5-hour ranger-led guided hike. A little rocky so you’ll definitely want your good hiking shoes, and bring water. End the road trip with a wine tasting at beautiful Rockbridge Vineyards in Raphine. Because of the time of day, it was slightly hazy so not optimal for photography. The best part is that the drive is so immersive that you can have a wonderful National Park experience just by driving through and making occasional stops for the views. There are four entrance stations to Shenandoah National Park. To showcase your photos from your vacation, consider Canyon Designs, an Alaskan owned small business specializing in photo mats for your vacation memories. Things to do in gorgeous Shenandoah Valley include scenic drives and hiking on Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, romantic hotels, and sampling USA’s best craft beer. Pick up grab-and-go picnic fixins at Blue Phoenix Café in Lexington before hitting the road. The roadway is one of the most historic thoroughfares in Virginia: It began as a hoof-forged pathway used by migrating bison and the Native American hunting parties in pursuit of the lumbering herds. It also features 24 miles of trails, including the wildflower-studded Bluebell Trail. the weather can change really quickly; we went from bright sunshine to thick mystical fog in about 50 yards. You can reach the park from Richmond, Virginia driving west on I-64 to exit 99 and follow signs for Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. Here the northwest views look towards the city of Waynesboro. From the Shenandoah Valley Overlook, enjoy a view of the valley, Shenandoah River, and Massanutten Mountain. It was a little daunting with dropoffs here and there but the view at the summit is gorgeous! The trailhead parking is located at milepost 56.4. Try moving the map or changing your filters. The trail junctions are very nicely marked. I can imagine the views would be beautiful in the fall with the changing leaves. I can imagine that in the spring the falls would be spectacular. Avoid distracted driving, as there are many sharp curves and bends. Follow VA-37 South to I-81 South. The hard part is the ascent back up the trail, this Florida girl was taking it in stride. In the 18th century, the thoroughfare was dubbed the Wilderness Road, and used by audacious settlers striking out for the frontier from cities across the East Coast. This is where we spotted deer browsing in the underbrush on the side of the road. Or head for the Shenandoah River State Park in Bentonville. This peaceful drive is loaded with stunning scenic views with many overlooks on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The descent is fast and quick! Highest rated places of interest or tour operators on Tripadvisor, based on traveler reviews. Permits are free and can be filled out online. I listed a few of our favorite overlooks. Next, continue to one of the parkway’s gems—the sandy swimming beach at 25-acre Sherando Lake. Originally written by RootsRated for Staunton. Cap off the day in Staunton, exploring the town’s collection of closely concentrated breweries – Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, Redbeard Brewing Company, and Queen City Brewing. No.25. You can also access the Doyle River Falls and Jones Run Falls from here or via Browns Gap Overlook parking lot. The low sloping meadow makes photographing easy. The main feature of the park is Skyline Drive, which winds for 105-miles on the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the north entrance at Front Royal to the terminus at the Blue Ridge Parkway south in Waynesboro. Stop at the Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve for an eyeful of the breathtaking gorge. So load up the car and explore Virginia’s most stunning landscapes with one of these epic road trips. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. Begin at Natural Bridge State Park and hike to the recreation area’s namesake 215-foot sandstone—making sure to tack on a trip to 30-foot Lace Falls on the Cedar Creek Trail. Not as impressive as others in the park, I think it is still worth the trip to see them. I kind of jammed on the brakes so we could take her picture. Have you visited Shenandoah?