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Shenandoah National Park - 75 Years of Fulfilling Dreams

Updated on September 29, 2011
Shenandoah sunsets | image credit: National Park Service
Shenandoah sunsets | image credit: National Park Service

Shenandoah dreams

Truly there is nothing quite like spending time in the Shenandoah National Park of Virginia. If you value incredible scenery, nature, history and culture -- you can find it all in Shenandoah.

If you want contemplation and meditation in a serene setting of unparallelled beauty -- find it in Shenandoah.

If you like to enjoy mountain views from your car or bike -- Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park are for you.

Millions of people over the years have found a peaceful interlude from the stresses and strains of their everyday lives.

Civilian Conservation Corps take a work break | image credit: National Park Service
Civilian Conservation Corps take a work break | image credit: National Park Service

Shenandoah memories

Seventy-five years ago in 1936, Franklin Deleano Roosevelt dedicated Shenandoah National Park. Today over 1 million visitors a year enjoy this special place. Many visitors come back year after year.

For 75 years Shenandoah has been fulfilling dreams. The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) workers in Shenandoah fulfilled the nation's dream of putting young men back to work during the Great Depression.

A new film in the Byrd Visitor Center at Big Meadows tells the story of the CCC years. Men now in the autumn of their lives remember how much their lives were touched and changed for the better by their CCC experience.

Shenandoah riding

Take a ride along the Skyline Drive -- as it winds for 105 miles along the high ridges and hillocks of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in Shenandoah National Park.

Skyline Drive artfully presents you with one overlook after another with unsurpassed beauty east and west.

Shenandoah hiking | image credit: National Park Serviced
Shenandoah hiking | image credit: National Park Serviced

Shenandoah hiking and trekking

Take a walk along the famed Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah.

Enjoy the surreal feeling that if you follow this trail all the way to its northern terminus, you'll end up on top of Mt. Kahtahdin, Maine.

Follow it to its southern end, and you'll find yourself on top of Springer Mountain, Georgia.

Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park (Paperback)
Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park (Paperback)

Official guide to 107 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. Includes the book plus three detailed, tear-resistant 2-sided maps in a plastic bag. Shows topography details along the AT and dozens of side trails. This is THE AT guide for hiking in Shenandoah.

 
Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS
Garmin Montana 600 Waterproof Hiking GPS

Hi-resolution, 4-inch sunlight-readable screen. Load TOPO 24K maps with many other map options via a microSD slot. Includes compass and barometric altimeter. Excellent geocaching device. Doubles as a turn-by-turn navigator for your auto or bike travels.

 

Dream fulfilled

The origin of the idea for an Appalachian Trail is attributed to regional planner and forester, Benton McKaye who wrote an influential article in 1921 about his vision of the Appalachian Skyline and Appalacian Trail.

Surely, the AT today is McKaye's dream fulfilled.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 31 local Trail-maintaining clubs and state and federal agencies have formed a unique partnership to manage and maintain the trail.

The AT in Shenandoah National Park is well graded, marked and maintained. The Park's 105 miles of AT rarely exceed climbs of 500 to 1,000 feet making it ideal for both beginners and long-distance hikers.

Eastern Towhee | image credit: National Park Service
Eastern Towhee | image credit: National Park Service
Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Field Guide
Birds of Shenandoah National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park: A Field Guide

Compact guide to 336 bird species reported in and near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains -- one of the most beautiful and biologically rich regions in North America.

 

Shenandoah sights, sounds and smells

Take in the sights, to be sure, but also listen to the sounds of Shenandoah.

Over 200 species of resident and migrating birds are known to use Shenandoah National Park. Listen to their songs, enjoy their beauty.

The Sounds of Shenandoah
The Sounds of Shenandoah

Listen to the Sounds of Shenandoah at home in this 3-dimensional musical journey of exploration along the Appalachian Trail in the northern reaches of the famed Blue Ridge Mountains.

 
Shenandoah beauty | National Park Service by John F Mitchell
Shenandoah beauty | National Park Service by John F Mitchell
Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide (Wildflowers in the National Parks Series)
Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide (Wildflowers in the National Parks Series)

150 full-color photos and easy-to-understand descriptions for quick identification of wildflowers in the woods and trails of Shenandoah National Park.

 

Take a deep breath of fresh mountain air.

Smell the wildflowers and the freshness of a spring morning in Shenandoah.

Experience the beauty of a sunrise as it cuts through the blue morning mist.

Listen as a stream wends through a forest canopy alive with songs of birds.

Enjoy the soothing rhythm of raindrops as a sudden thunderstorm passes along the picturesque Skyline Drive.

Listen to the sounds of falling water cascading over ancient rocks covered with lichen and mosses.

Shenandoah! Where memories are made and dreams fulfilled.

What is your Shenandoah story?

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    • John Dove profile imageAUTHOR

      John Dove 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Eiddwen -- All the very best to you!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting hub ,I sadly could not look at your photos because my internet connections are playing up.

      However I still enjoyed iut and look forward to reading more by you.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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