Hello. We will be on a cross country road trip in July going from CA to NY and will be stopping to hike Shenandoah with 3 kids. I am totally unfamiliar with the park and surrounding areas. Please help to guide where is it better to lodge (inside the park or is there a close by community where people usually stay)? I am currently looking at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodge, but if we pick one or the other, how far are we from food options? We wanted to do a few easy hikes 2-5 miles each; can you recommend some? How far are the caverns and do you recommend those with kids?
Thank you so much!