It’s hard to believe that the dense forests and awe-inspiring scenery of Shenandoah National Park can be found only seventy-five miles from Washington DC. RV camping fans have found that, once you’ve visited Shenandoah, it tempts you to return often. Find out why you, too, should make a motorhome trip soon to Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.
Four Ways to Enter Shenandoah NP
More than one hundred miles long, Shenandoah National Park is bounded by I-66 on the north, very near I-81 along its western length and has I-64 as its southern boundary. What that means for you, intrepid RV travelers, is that it’s very accessible by the Interstate system. There are actually four entrances to the Park, at Front Royal, Thornton Gap, Swift Run Gap and Rockfish Gap. Here’s a link to more specific directions to the Shenandoah NP entrances.
Favorite Shenandoah NP Activities
But you might be wondering what exactly makes the Park so attractive to RV campers. We’ve created the following list of favorite Shenandoah National Park activities to help you discover the answer!
RV Camping in the Virginia Woods: Three of Shenandoah National Park’s campgrounds are designed to accommodate RVs, giving you a choice of scenic camping venues. You won’t find hookups within the Park, but the campgrounds do make potable water and dump stations available. Use the link above to choose a campground, and be sure to make reservations before you go.
Shenandoah’s Waterfalls: Pull off Skyline Drive at one of the overlooks and there’s likely a waterfall nearby. Schedule a time to hike the well-maintained trails to at least a few of the more than one dozen large falls in the Park.
Skyline Drive: This jaw-droppingly scenic drive runs through the heart of the National Park and is its most popular attraction. At a maximum speed of thirty-five miles per hour, you’re going to have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Plan to spend at least half a day traveling this one-hundred five mile long north/south artery along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dozens of overlooks will give you a chance to stop and gaze at the majestic mountains and valleys of the Shenandoah. You’ll also want to keep a camera close at hand, because wildlife is abundant in the area.
Hiking Old Rag Mountain: Physically-fit RV camping fans who also love a challenging hike should consider a climb up Old Rag Mountain. Conquer the rock scramble and squeeze through narrow passages on this strenuous 8-mile hike; the views from the top are worth the effort!
Area RV Campgrounds & Attractions
Virginia towns like Front Royal, Luray and Waynesboro, adjacent to the National Park, offer plenty of attractions themselves. There’s enough history here to keep Civil War buffs busy for weeks! You’ll also find comfortable RV campgrounds in those towns. Here are few you might consider:
Exploring this beautiful area in Western Virginia can easily take an entire month-long vacation. Plan your trip with the links above, make your campground reservations and map out the attractions you don’t want to miss. Whether you’re a “sit in the shade of an oak” RV camper or someone who loves a physical challenge, Shenandoah National Park has a special place for you. Why not start planning your Virginia RV vacation right now?