History in Shenandoah National Park is evident all along Skyline Drive: at overlooks with rock walls, at stone-lined ditches, at every bend in the road. Developed areas like Big Meadows, Panorama, and Dickey Ridge tell stories of what Park managers planned for Shenandoah and how those plans have changed.

At Skyland imagine the colorful entertainment and the parties, the life of vacationers here before the Park was established. At Rapidan Camp listen to the river flowing and feel how Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover could have felt at their getaway in the mountains.

Visit Lewis Mountain, today a quiet campground and picnic ground, but once a segregated area intended for black visitors who were prohibited from the other developed areas in Shenandoah.

Contemplate the history of land preservation and public recreation on the Appalachian Trail, 105 miles of which is located right here.

Don’t just take it from us; over three hundred of Shenandoah National Park’s historical structures are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. There is history everywhere in Shenandoah if you look closely.


Shenandoah Places

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    Last updated: December 20, 2022

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