Poor Shenandoah River State Park, it’s like the Jan Brady of Shenandoah parks only instead of “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” its “Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Shenandoah National Park.” It’s not easy being just down the mountain from one of the most well known andpopular National Parks in Virginia.
South Fork of the Shenandoah River is a flowing mountain river. As it flows between the Massanutten Mountains to west and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the river meanders through forest and fields.
The unique location of the park offers an enticing variety of terrain as well as breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities on safe, well marked trails.
Hikers can choose from 15 different Virginia hiking trails at the park. From the relatively flat and easy one mile Paw-Paw trail with river and fishing access to the challenging climb up Wildcat Ledge, hikers of all levels will enjoy the wide range of topography.
Scenery from the many trails is equally diverse. Incredible views of the river, lush hard wood forests or peaceful rolling pastures will vary according to the trail route but each is sure to delight trail travelers.
Wildlife hikers are likely to see during their trip to Shenandoah River State Park may include wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, beavers and skunks just to name a few. In addition, hikers will find there are many types of birds, insects, snakes, trees and plants sharing the trail and making hiking at Shenandoah River State Park both interesting and enjoyable for the entire family.
The parkincludes what I think is some of the best camping in Virginia. The camping sites are private, secluded and right on the shores of the river.
Right now the park is under some construction as the finishing touches are put on a brand new Visitor Center and RV camp sites. Also on ridge overlooking the river we are putting in what promises to be some of the best cabins in Virginia.
You may think I’m exaggerating when I say this is one of the best state parks in Virginia. But, I know you won’t be disappointed when you discover it for yourself!