2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, a momentous occasion worth celebrating. Shenandoah National Park is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Staunton, making our place your home base for outdoor explorations.
Staunton’s Top 10 for Shenandoah
- Drive the park via Skyline Drive from one end to the other, stopping at overlooks along the way.
- Seek out one of 10 gorgeous waterfalls.
- Enjoy your picnic, but DO leave room for dessert! The blackberry pie at Skyland Resort is a real treat.
- Climb the park’s highest peak – Hawksbill – for a selfie you won’t forget.
- Head to Big Meadows for birdwatching, a part of the park that is home to birds not found in other areas of the park.
- Tag along with your kids on a Junior Ranger Program, an opportunity for ages 7 to 12 to get hands-on with nature.
- Go for an Ancient Volcano Hike to get the scoop on the lay of the land.
- Try your hand at nature photography. There’s no better place, and there happens to be an August 27th seminar to help you hone your skills.
- Settle in atop Little Stony Man Cliffs and await a breathtaking sunset.
- Need more blackberries in your life? Come on back to Staunton and toast your day with a Blackberry Wheat Ale at Redbeard Brewing.