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Shenandoah National Park: Waterfall Hiking, Rock Scrambling, Kayaking & Fishing

  • Jun 20, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Summer in Shenandoah National Park! The plan here is to do my favorite waterfall hike on Saturday and just have some fun! We'll be hitting several swimming holes, cliff jump spots and natural rock water slides. The next day we'll do a rock scrambling hike or just relax in our cabin by the river... fishing or kayaking down the Shenandoah River.

Shenandoah National Park, a beautiful, historic national treasure, can be accessed by the Skyline Drive, a historic 105-mile National Scenic Byway. A slow meander down Skyline Drive will give you a whole new driving experience and will have you stopping frequently to decide which hikes you want to do.

There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling piedmont to the east. The maximum speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive.  The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long. In early spring you can see trillium peeking through the grass. June’s display of azaleas is spectacular, and cardinal flower, black-eyed susans, and goldenrod keep the color coming right into fall.

Lodging:

I know this area very well, so I will find an awesome house with a hot tub and great views... For anybody that has gone on my big trips before you know its pretty much guaranteed. :)

Cost: $100 Per Person for 3 nights.

DISCLAIMER:

Participation in activities is strictly voluntary and group members assume all risks in connection with activities; per Meetup.com's Terms of Service Agreements, organizers and hike/trip leaders are released from any and all forms of liability related to events. I'm not a paid guide, I'm just a dude that likes to go on random outdoor trps!

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  • Cindy***

    Thanks, Manny! It was an awesome event!

    June 26, 2014

  • Julia C.

    I agree with Alicia...it felt like two different groups / meetups being at 2 different houses. Still we had a great time, great laughs, and great memories. Thanks Glenn for organizing our trips, Greg for bringing Cards Against Humanity & NOT wearing pants!, Sania for helping me win Cards Against Humanity ( Gloryholes, anyone? ), Mike for your Gatorade, Jacquie for using my camera while I drove, Angela and Kim for an interesting car ride back, and Marcia and Dan for watching the USA-Portugal game with me.

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Shirley

    Fun weekend and first time hiking in heavy fog, rain, and beautiful sunshine in the end! Thanks for organizing and especially all drivers!

    June 23, 2014

  • Angela B.

    Thanks our gracious host Glenn, that planned and organized all our hikes...Sania and Julia are amazing drivers, thanks for the company and taking me to the event and bringing me home safe...This group is Fantastic!!! Warm, Friendly Helpful and so Funny...Now my bed mates, Alicia, Sania and Jacquie, you guys are the best people to share a room...This was a great outing and you guys were amazing, no exceptions...Hope to see you all soon...Until the next hike...Please, remember, I hate the entire family of squashes and zucchinis, if you ever invite me over for dinner keep these offensive vegetable out of my plate...lmao

    June 23, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    Manny, thank you for organizing this trip - sorry that both cabins were not able to meet and interact, but there will be more opportunities to meet each other and have fun this summer. Nevertheless I would like to thank you all for making this trip a memorable, hilarious, exchausting and challanging at times experience. It is actually amazing how much have we seen over a such a short period of time. I love meetup for bringing great people together and I am thankful to all of you for making it such a great event! Glenn - I hope 4 days of your B-Day celebration fulfilled your expectations ... Greg, Glenn and Mike - I hope sleeping in dwarfs' beds with teddy bears and froggs brought back good memories from your childhood ...

    3 · June 23, 2014

  • Lucy

    Great weekend of hiking, tubing, kayaking in a dreamy forest w some awesome peeps! Thanks for organizing it manny.

    June 23, 2014

  • OZZY

    Enjoy! Drive safely guys

    June 20, 2014

  • Mariya

    if you want to take my spot, please PM me

    June 20, 2014

  • Mariya

    Was just told I have to work over the weekend :((( Bummer, can't make it :((

    June 20, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    Hi, I am going to rent a car and leave NY on Thursday around 3:00 pm, stay in Alexandria, VA and drive to our location in the morning on Friday. I know the Skyline ride is very picturesque so I want to take my time to see it in a day light. If anyone likes the idea you are more than welcome to join me.

    March 4, 2014

    • Julia C.

      I meant Friday. Kim and I should arrive just before 6. My cell is[masked]-5559. We should touch base Fri afternoon after your Old Rug hike. Maybe dinner?

      1 · June 19, 2014

    • AliciaDevero

      My phone[masked] - deal

      June 19, 2014

  • Shirley

    Hi Cindy and Mae - just text you the address to meet up for Manny's carpool on Friday 6:30pm downtown Manhattan M&M market deli ***NOT Neptune Diner***

    June 18, 2014

  • Manny

    UPDATE: I just emailed everyone details on the trip that should answer all questions. If you didn't receive it, please let me know or have someone else forward it to you. I'll see everyone on the weekend.

    June 18, 2014

    • Manny

      The elevation gain for Saturdays hike is kind of sneaky.. Its comes up towards the end after you see all the pretty waterfalls and had all the fun.

      June 18, 2014

  • MARCIA A.

    Based on Manny's suggestion I am calling out a queen bed for Daniel and me in the house 1 ;)

    June 18, 2014

    • Manny

      Marcia told me she would cut people for it. lol

      June 18, 2014

  • Manny

    Carpool situation fixed. We have another Fridat afternoon driver so we're all good now.

    2 · June 18, 2014

    • Shirley

      Thank you all drivers help out! Weather looks perfect this weekend. See ya!

      June 18, 2014

    • Glenn

      Since you got another Friday driver from the city for carpooling I decided I'll take Amtrack from Trenton to DC Thursday night to meet up with the early group.

      June 18, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    Hey, we still need the address!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2014

    • AliciaDevero

      But the address has nothing to do with the lock combination - I complete don't understand the reason why the location should be kept secret! We want to do something in the area and print out our options - tomorrow morning it will be impossible

      June 18, 2014

    • Shirley

      Hi Alicia - spoke with Manny last night. He is trying to find drivers and address is sent today. Big trip kills organizer when change happens. Thanks for understanding! We know you want to make travel plan and enjoy the trip!

      June 18, 2014

  • Manny

    Can anybody help out at all to leave Friday afternoon after work? We had 2 carpool drivers drop out this week leaving a shortage of drivers on Friday. If 3 people can't go because of carpool rides, we would have to split the extra cost between group.

    June 17, 2014

    • Manny

      Thanks Glenn. I'll let them know. I'd rather not anyone get stranded or have to pay extra.

      June 17, 2014

    • Shirley

      Thanks Glenn! We got drivers shortage this week really need anyone can help out. So everyone can go and no one needs to pay additional housing.

      June 18, 2014

  • Julia C.

    Leaving Manhattan Friday morning and returning Monday. Still have room for passengers. Email me if interested in carpooling with me.

    June 18, 2014

  • Laura

    I'm going if there is room in a car! Anyone have space? I can leave fri afternoon and come back Monday.

    June 17, 2014

  • Manny

    Hey everyone, anothet spot opened up last minute. There is a shortage of drivers leaving Friday afternoon, son a couple people are having difficulty finding rides. If anyone can step up and volunteer to leave after work on Friday to help with carpool, it would be much appreciated.

    June 17, 2014

    • Manny

      If anyone knows someone that can drive that wants to come, please have them contact me.

      June 17, 2014

    • Manny

      Otherwise, my car will be packed like sardines on Friday, which won't be too comfortable.

      1 · June 17, 2014

  • Angela B.

    Many some questions. Do we need to bring towels, blankets, sheets etc??? Also any electrical outlet to charge phone, tablet etc etc???

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • Manny

      Linens are provided but I would bring towels anyway. Yes, there is electricity and Wi-Fi in the house. Just remember, we will be by the river and both houses have hot tubs so I bring extra towels and swim gear. I will email details soon.

      1 · June 17, 2014

  • Julia C.

    I will be driving from Manhattan Friday. Email me if interested in carpooling with me. Unfortunately, I can't take Thursday off : (

    1 · June 4, 2014

    • Mariya

      Hi Julia, do you have space for me? Planning to leave Friday after work. When are you leaving? Are you coming back on Monday or Sunday? Thanks, Mariya

      June 9, 2014

    • Lucy

      hi julia, do you still have a spot in your car?

      June 17, 2014

  • audrey d.

    Hey Vanessa, I want to buy your ticket. Is it still available.

    1 · June 14, 2014

    • Manny

      Hi Audrey, I just sent you a text message about another open spot. Please let me know if you still want it ASAP

      June 16, 2014

    • audrey d.

      Hey Manny, just saw your text but I made other plans ); can't make trip at all. Have fun as I'm sure everyone will.

      June 16, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    Manny - what is the exact address for the cabins - I imagine they must be awesome but that's not enough - looks like 8 of us will be there in early afternoon on Friday, so it would be nice to know where to go - let us know :-) Looking forward to this event :-)

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • Manny

      I'll send out details for everything tonight.

      1 · June 16, 2014

  • Lucy

    Hii, anyone leaving from Queens / Manhattan area Friday after work? Looking to carpool~~

    June 16, 2014

  • audrey d.

    I'm on the waiting list and if I am granted this awesome opportunity to go, I would love to hitch a ride with someone in the Brooklyn area.

    June 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, my friend will leave from Brooklyn I think. I was supposed to go too, but I have my classes that I already fall behind the schedule. If you want to go, I can sell the ticket to you. Let me know how you think

      June 14, 2014

    • audrey d.

      I want the Ticket if it still available.

      June 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is anyone on the waiting list still want to go? I have already purchased the ticket, but I won't be able to go. Please let me know

    June 14, 2014

  • Manny

    Leaving Friday at 630 pm from Neptune Diner. Carpooling with Shirley, Mae, Cindy.

    June 10, 2014

    • Mariya

      And me it looks like :)

      June 10, 2014

    • audrey d.

      And me I hope?

      June 12, 2014

  • Doug L.

    If anyone is interested in buying a 12' kayak w/ paddle, life vest, and car-top kit, please message me ASAP-- I'm moving out of state.

    June 7, 2014

    • audrey d.

      Hey Doug, still got that kayak, and how much?

      June 12, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    Jacquie - please read the email I sent you today in the morning - Gregory suggested that he needs to put all his ducks in a row :) and therefore it is about time we line up :)))))

    June 10, 2014

  • Bill

    I'll be driving from Brooklyn with room for 2 more.

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Angela B.

      Please, If a spot becomes available, let me know...

      May 7, 2014

    • Tiffany

      I live in Brooklyn and would love a ride if you are leaving Friday? Happy to pitch in for expenses, of course. :)

      June 10, 2014

  • Mariya

    I am looking for a ride and will split expenses. Live in Midtown West, but anywhere subway accessible would work. Planning on leaving on Friday after work

    June 9, 2014

  • Tom G.

    Was there last weekend and had blast hiking old rag and cedar run hikes. Hit the water falls too.

    1 · June 1, 2014

  • Nelly

    can my 5 year old son attend with me or is this strictly for adults only ?

    May 25, 2014

  • Angela B.

    I would love to hit the road and arrive in Shenandoah Thursday as early as possible and go hiking Friday morning....Leave Thursday morning as early as possible...

    May 8, 2014

    • Angela B.

      I know, we could get a motel, hotel or camping site, near Shenandoah National Park Thursday late afternoon... After the hike Friday we head toward the booked accommodations by Many...

      May 8, 2014

    • Angela B.

      Visiting Washington DC would be fun also...Just a thought...

      May 8, 2014

  • Angela B.

    Looking for a ride and will split all expenses...
    I am at NYC Upper West Side, will meet any where convenient for you...
    Pick up by the George Washington Bridge around 178th, 179th Streets corner with Broadway...
    Fort Lee, New Jersey is also good places...

    May 6, 2014

    • Angela B.

      I have Thursday off...Will PM my info...

      May 7, 2014

    • Angela B.

      I would love to hit the road and arrive in Shenandoah Thursday as early as possible and go hiking Friday morning....Leave Thursday morning as early as possible...

      1 · May 8, 2014

  • Manny

    Matt can't make it to the trip anymore. So there's 1 bed spot open now. Anybody on the waiting list that's seriously interested, please contact me directly via text message ASAP. [masked]

    May 4, 2014

    • Manny

      Ok, its taken. Angela is coming now.

      May 4, 2014

  • David K.

    Driving from LI with room for 3 or 4.

    April 1, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    OMG!!!! Glenn has joined - It calls for a huge all night B-Day Party!!!!!!!!!

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Rrrager

    So badly want to go, but I can't arrange the time off from work :( Hopefully you'll have a great time!

    March 19, 2014

  • Manny

    Update: 3 airbed/couch/futon spots left. All the regular beds are taken.

    March 6, 2014

    • rita c

      Manny, how can I secure one of these spots. I am still on wait list ?

      March 7, 2014

  • Manny

    Update: First 8 bed spots are all paid for and confirmed. Last 4 spots are for Bed Futon, Pullout Couch and Airbeds.

    February 19, 2014

  • Manny

    @Jorge and David - Please bring your kayaks! We have prime real estate for small mouth bass fishing and river tubing.

    February 18, 2014

    • Manny

      I will probably only be able to stay 2 nights btw. I will drive home late evening on Sunday to take advantage of extra night.

      February 18, 2014

  • Manny

    UPDATE: Hey everyone, I just put booked our house to make sure we had a prime location for this weekend by the river. I talked to the owner and I was able to get a 3rd night for a discount. The $100 will actually be able to cover 3 nights lodging!

    February 18, 2014

    • Manny

      The first 8 people that pay are guaranteed bed space, the last 4 people will get futon bed space/couch/air beds. Please pay via PayPal ASAP to secure your spot. I will text everyone details today. If I don't hear from you, I will move up others on the waiting list, since its only fair. There is a strict limit of 12 for this trip, no more.

      February 18, 2014

  • kim

    Need a ride please ! Willing to Contribute expances.

    February 13, 2014

  • AliciaDevero

    I have been there before - love this place and will be happy to go again with people I like ... :) See you there :)

    February 13, 2014

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