Oh, Shenandoah

I can’t believe this is the first time we’ve made it out to Shenandoah National Park! It’s less than two hours away and gorgeous! We’ve hiked there half a dozen times, but never made the leap to an overnight trip.

The Shenandoah National Park website has an awesome website that suggests possible route recommendations based on desired difficulty, mileage, and features. We started at the Thompson Hollow Trailhead and made a loop via Tuscarora + Overall Run + Matthews Arm + Beecher Ridge Trails.

These trails are all contained in a designated wilderness area, which is natural, undeveloped Federal land where human impact is minimal. It’s pretty refreshing to experience. It had rained 5+ inches in the days leading up to our excursion, which made for some legit stream crossings.

This loop also featured a magnificent view of Overall Run Falls, the tallest falls in the park at 93 feet.

Now that we’ve stretched our legs in Shenandoah, I hope we’ll be more likely to get out there on a more regular basis. (PSA: The presidential budget calls for huge cuts to National Parks, even though they provide tremendous economic value to the economy. If you are so inclined, contact your members of congress and tell them to increase National Park and conservation funding.)

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