Myself and a friend (YF Saw) are planning a trip to Shenandoah national park. This park is usually featured on the "must-visit" parks list in the US so it's worth the trip. The plan is to spend 5 days; a weekend + 3 days (travel on Friday and come back on Tuesday). We're pretty flexible with the itinerary so Tuesday is optional but YF put together the itinerary below for the trip.
Few things to note :
- We are not providing transportation so if you're interested you can carpool with other people who will join
- Bad weather reschedules the trip since it's a long drive and we don't want to spend three days in bad weather.
- We'll be staying in Big Meadow Campground which costs about $20 per night. If you're joining please book directly with the campsite.
- Arrival and departure times on Friday and Tuesday are tentative but if you're carpooling with others, you're free to join or leave when you like
Below is a preliminary itinerary :
First Day (Friday) :
Travel Day and setting up camp
o Hike Overall Run Falls (Mathew Arm Campground Mile 22.1)
- 6.5 miles round trip from amphitheater parking lot to a viewpoint of the 93' waterfall; moderately difficult. Take the Traces Trail from amphitheater parking lot to Tuscarora Trail to Overall Run Trail. o Overall Run Falls
- 4.7 miles round trip to the observation point of the 93' waterfall; moderately difficult. Take the Traces Trail from the parking lot to Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. Alternate hike: When campground is closed, start from parking lot at mile 21.1 on Skyline Drive. Follow Appalachian Trail to Tuscarora-Overall Run Trail. 6 miles round trip. http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/mathews_arm_area_2013.pdf- Mary’s Rock Summit from Meadow Spring Parking (Mile 33.5) - 2.8 miles round trip to an outstanding view, moderately difficult. http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/panorama_area_2013.pdf- Travel down to Big Meadow Campground
Second Day (Saturday) :
- Hike Old Rag Mountain http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/whiteoak_canyon_combined_2013.pdf- Stay at Big Meadow Campground
Third Day (Sunday) :
- Hawksbill Summit from:o Hawksbill Gap parking (mile 45.6)
- 1.7 miles round trip, on Lower Hawksbill Trail. Fairly steep hike to spectacular view.o Hawksbill Gap parking (mile 45.6) - 2.9-mile circuit on the Appalachian Trail, Salamander Trail, and Lower Hawksbill Trail. Moderately difficult hike with beautiful views much of the way, and a spectacular view at the top.o Upper Hawksbill parking (mile 46.7) - 2.1 miles round trip, on Upper Hawksbill Trail and parts of Hawksbill Fire Road. Moderate hike to a gorgeous view.- http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/hawksbill_mtn_area_2013.pdf- Rose River Falls (mile 49.4), is a dazzling cascade of 67 feet. After lots of rain, there are as many as four cascades! For most of this hike, you’ll be on a beautiful trail in one of the park’s federally designated wilderness areas. The hike is 2.6 miles roundtrip, with a climb of 720 feet. - Millers Head (mile 42.5) - 1.6 miles round trip, fairly easy hike from parking area beyond the stables to a spectacular view, with moderately steep sections on return.- Limberlost Trail (mile 43.0) (Partially ADA accessible) - 1.3-mile circuit stroll, especially beautiful when the mountain laurel blooms. Pets not allowed.- Stony Man Trail (mile 41.7) - 1.6-mile circuit, fairly easy hike from parking area to spectacular view. Guidebook available at visitor center and trailhead. Pets not allowed.- Little Stony Man (mile 39.1) - 0.9-mile round trip from the parking area, fairly easy hike with views. Some steep sections.- http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/upload/skyland_area_2013.pd- Stay at Big Meadow Campground
Fourth Day (Monday *OPTIONAL* ) :
Hiking the White Oak Canyon Falls or possibly kayaking
Fifth Day (Tuesday) :
Liability Waiver: Hiking has inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. You agree by signing up that you are participating in this event completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of any guests.