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Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th

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Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th

My girlfriend and I 29-30 years old, in great shape are driving down from New York City. We are trying to hike and see whatever sites there are. We have never been and are looking for any advice on what town to stay in around the park, as well as trails and food recommendations

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1. Re: Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th

Good Morning Jim,

The area is quite busy almost year round, so accommodations can be at a premium at certain times, link below will give you a bit of an idea why.


I will post links that are filled with great info which will help get you started.

Firstly you are visiting just at / after prime time for viewing the Fall Foliage / leaf peepers, meaning most accommodations in the SNP & surrounding areas may well be booked up.

I love Big Meadows Lodge info below.

2018 Season May 9 - Nov 4

2019 Season Opening May 8


you can try Skylands, never know if they have a room.


i have stayed in Luray at the Hill Side & the Cardinal Inn .. Both did us well.. In fact I found the Cardinal was quite good for our needs, clean, safe, comfy mattresses, wifi, cable, mini fridge and microwave.

Luray has a plethora of very good eateries.

IMHO, Harrionsburg, Waynesbora, Charlottesville & Staunton a bit far too drive back & forth.

Very Important to check the Alerts & Conditions for the Park.








I am very fond of White Oak Canyon Trail & Waterfalls & can recommend Graves Mountain Lodge.



2 Days / nights in SNP will do you well. Consider the 4th / Sunday heading to Charlottesville perhaps a visit to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

Charlottesville has a number of wonderful eateries to fit any palate & wallet.

Ragged Mountain Hiking Trail is stunning.


Take a look / see at the links and we have a number of posters who are frequently in the area hiking / exploring who can give you suggestions Our DE's GoneAgain 2 & Longhorn are frequently in the area..

There are trip reports at the top of this forum.



Edited: 21 October 2018, 21:52
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2. Re: Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th


Thank you for the information this was very helpful making our itinerary, we decided to stay in Rileyville. We are going to spend Friday-Sunday morning at SNP and Washington/Jefferson National Forest as we are between both parks. While driving down to Charlottesville for the rest of Sunday. Hope to get lucky and catch some nice foliage.


Western Ireland...
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3. Re: Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th


You will be close to Luray about 15 min. drive and 25 min. to Thornton Gap entrance. Link below of things to do in the area.


Charlottesville Friends of the Library book sale.


Virginia Film Festival ( Definitely reserve tickets).



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4. Re: Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th

If you come to Shenandoah stay in the park if you can, if not, you are just in another random hotel! And you can do that anytime! : )

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5. Re: Shenandoah Nov 2nd-5th

@Jim J, just don't miss the sunrise/sunsets from the overlooks. They are stunning. If possible try to stop by for breakfast or lunch or sunset views at Skyland Lodge restaurant. It's a nice place with decent food. The open Meadows at Big Meadows looks stunning red at Sunset.

Since you guys are young you should seriously consider hiking https://www.hikingupward.com/snp/oldrag/. It's a fun hike that takes up pretty much your entire day

Stop by and also enjoy the small town of Sperryville that has few amazing restaurants (recommed Before & After).

Favorite Sunrise overlooks:

1. Thorofare Mountain Overlook (look to left corner to see cascades of mountain range) - https://goo.gl/maps/qAqyi4vGDhs

2. Hazel Mountain Overlook (cool rock formations) - https://goo.gl/maps/4KcPQT4qcWy

Favorite Sunset overlooks: You can view Big Meadows open ground just before sunset and then head to one of these overlooks easily in time for sunset.

1. Spitler Knoll Overlook - https://goo.gl/maps/FqQNwJ5Knxk

2. The Point Overlook - Hike down to the rock cliff - https://goo.gl/maps/SVDCyanNQ6k

You can also hike up Stoney Man Trail to view amazing sunset - https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/StonyMan/

For waterfalls - an easy and less time consuming and yet satisfactory hike is to Dark Hallows Falls that is very close to Big Meadows - https:/…dark-hollow-falls-trail

Have fun.

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