Shenandoah is the largest fully protected area in the mid-Appalachian region and includes 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Park’s biota and natural features include well-exposed strata of the Appalachians, diverse animal and plant populations and habitats migratory bird stop-over points and forested watersheds that perpetuate numerous streams flowing from uplands to lowlands.
This seemingly ubiquitous forest, covering 95% of Shenandoah, is an ever evolving ecosystem due to natural and human activity.
Wetlands, from the well-known Big Meadows to smaller areas along stream banks, support unique flora and fauna in Shenandoah.
Learn about rock outcrops in Shenandoah and the plants and animals that call these unique places home.
Last updated: December 7, 2017