Shenandoah National Park is a beautiful place within a couple hours drive of everyone. The group has had one successful trip here with 1 day hike and a short hike on Sunday. It was an absolutely amazing time that was had by all!
If anyone is interested you are welcome to join the weekend long trip to Shenandoah National Park for the listed dates.
We can work out the logistics of the trip of where to meet and when to arrive, but I was thinking of getting in later to the park on Friday, around 7-9pm, and setting up camp at one of the campgrounds. If anyone can go earlier I will be happy to arrive earlier. There is usually no one at the gate after 7pm so we could get in for free, but it is usually $20/car. We can have 2 cars and up to 6 people per campsite. The cost of a campsite per night is $20.
I think we should do the White Oak Canyon / Cedar Run Trail Loop again(~8.5 miles). This hike has some of the most spectacular falls in the park; for a total of 5 waterfalls and many cascades and pools to swim or jump into and natural water slides. I don’t know if the water will be warm enough for swimming though. The White Oak Canyon trail starts off downhill for 4-4.5 miles and then it’s a gentle consistent uphill on the Cedar Run trail to the top.
If these hikes do not take all day there are plenty of shorter hikes to do throughout the park. Just to name a few are: Lower and Upper Hawksbill Trail (2.5 miles RT)(summits the highest point in the park at Hawksbill Mt. of 4,050’), Dark Hollow Falls (2.5 mile RT), Doyles River Falls Trail (2.7 miles RT), Bearfence Rock Scramble (1.2 miles), No name trail to tectonic rock formation (1.0 miles RT)…and many many more.
http://www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm Shenandoah NP main Website
http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/old_rag_combined.pdf Map for the Old Rag Trail
http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/whiteoak_canyon_combined.pdf Map of White Oak Canyon Trail
http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/hawksbill_mtn_area.pdf Map for the Hawksbill Trails
http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/mapshiking.htm Link to majority of the maps for the park
Hopefully you will join in the adventure!! If you have any questions or concerns please ask and post!
Edit for email. 10/22