• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

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Outdoor Activities

Two visitors catch a wondrous view of the Shenandoah Valley from a rocky ledge in Shenandoah.
NPS Bob Kuhns
 

If the outdoors is your thing, Shenandoah is your place to be! With over 500 miles of hiking trails, and almost all of its 196,000 acres open to backcountry camping, you can spend your entire vacation outdoors! You'll also find unique opportunities for birdwatching, wildlife viewing, discovering the natural world, or simply gazing across the horizon. Shenandoah is the place for recreation and re-creation!

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Did You Know?

Water stands in a pit, called an Opferkessel, in a boulder on Old Rag Mountain.

The small circular pits (Opferkessels) often found in the rocks of Shenandoah National Park’s cliffs and summits are formed by standing water.