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    Millers Head Trail

    by Shihar Written Sep 20, 2005

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    Please use caution when on this trail especially in the morning!

    We saw a BEAR!!!!

    It was very scary, and he took off running when he saw us. The trail has lots of huge boulders that the bears can hide behind. The hiking guide said the view at this observation point was stellar. Unfortunately, we did not make it there!

    Earlier in the morning we saw a deer rubbing on a tree at the trail head as shown by the picture.

    Millers Head Trail
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    Rose River Trail

    by Shihar Written Sep 20, 2005

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    The beginning of the trail you will find yourself decsending to a trail of waterfalls. Save your energy ,because like most of the trails here, it's all uphill on way back!

    Dark Hollow Falls is a side trail off of Rose River. It is a short steep uphill climb that can be exhausting after the Rose River trail.

    Near the end of the trail on the fire road you will notice the Cave Cemetery. The most recent grave there was from 1996!

    One of the many waterfalls on this trail again with the waterfalls.. Dark Hallow Falls The Cave Cemetery
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    Canoe Trips

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 22, 2005

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    Downriver Canoe Company, along with several competitors, offers canoe trips on the Shenandoah River, just outside of the Shenandoah National Park. The Downriver Company is located near the northern end of the park in the town of Bentonville, just 10 miles south of Front Royal, off US 340. We did a 7 1/2 mile trip from a starting point called "Burners Ford." As soon as you enter the water you encounter a set of Category I rapids... though small, they really surprised us and caused some difficulty and wet feet. At about halfway, you will hit a set of Category II rapids that you will hear long before you see. If you follow the Company's guidance and stay left, these will be exciting, but uneventful. Unfortunately, after these Cat IIs, the river is very calm and it offers no real challenges. The last mile or two gets almost boring as you have to paddle pretty hard to move at a decent speed.

    Throughout our trip, we saw dozens of turtles sunning on partially submerged logs, as well as a lot of fish. We also encountered some geese and a few farmer's cows who decided to enter the water just as we were going by...

    Cost per canoe is $39.00. It is enjoyable, especially for beginners, but the end of the trip is slow and somewhat boring.

    Wading in the Shenandoah... Shenandoah River near Front Royal
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    Lovely in the fall

    by another_prufrock Written Aug 23, 2003

    I just drove through the park on a Sunday in October. Crisp air, the smell of leaves, great views and colours out of a picture book.
    It doesn't matter if you don't see bears or raccoons or whatever, the views from the ridgeline are worth the trouble!

    The Shenandoah Valley from the ridge
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    Hawksbill

    by Aaron7 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    This is the highest mountain inthe park. It's not a bad hike. There is an upper and lower parking lot, but both trails are well maintained. I would suggest taking the trail from the lower parking lot for better scenery and solitude.

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    Skyland

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 31, 2007

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    This mountain resort offers dining, lodging, information, and other services. It's an excellent place to stop for lunch. And if you wish to spend a few days here, it's the ideal location to stay.

    Skyland The gift shop The restaurant The observation deck The view from Skyland
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    Dickey Ridge Visitors Center

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 31, 2007

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    If you enter Skyline Drive from the north (near Front Royal), then you should stop here for the latest information on weather, trail and road conditions, maps, guidebooks, and whatever else you need.

    Dickey Ridge Visitors Center The information desk Exhibit on the forest
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    Little Devil's Staircase Overlook

    by travelfrosch Written Nov 12, 2006

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    This small overlook has an interesting view of a series of hills, presumably the Little Devil's Staircase. This overlook is worth a brief stop to take in the view.

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    Mount Marshall Overlook

    by travelfrosch Written Nov 12, 2006

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    This overlook gives you a view northeast towards Mount Marshall, a mountain with an elevation of 3,368 feet. The surrounding landscape isn't bad, either.

    Mount Marshall
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    Browntown Valley Overlook

    by travelfrosch Written Nov 12, 2006

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    The Browntown Valley Overlook is at an elevation of approximately 2,700 feet. It gives a panorama to the west across the village of Browntown to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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    Hogswallow Flats Overlook

    by travelfrosch Written Nov 12, 2006

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    The Hogswallow Flats Overlook is at an elevation of 2,665 feet. It affords a look to the southeast across plains to the mountains in the distance.

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    Jenkins Gap Overlook

    by travelfrosch Written Nov 12, 2006

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    Jenkins Gap Overlook is at an elevation of 2,355 feet. From here, you get a unique view through a valley (called, interestingly enough, Jenkins Gap) of the mountains to the east.

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    Stony man trail

    by Shihar Updated Jan 21, 2006

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    This was probably the most populated trail we encountered. The view a the top was incredible! There is a short uphill climb before you reach the top.

    Stony Man Trail Left view of Stony Man
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    Stoney Man

    by Aaron7 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Stoney Man is the northernmost 4000 footer in the park. The climb to the top is an easy hike. I usually jog it.

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    Wildlife Viewing

    by Easty Written Feb 25, 2003

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    There are many species of animals that call Shenandoah National Park home. On the day I was here, I saw about 10 deer, 2 bear, many large birds, and lots of small animals.

    Deer at an Overlook
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