Get Back to Shenandoah
The best place to be this time of year is outside where the air is fresh and your body can reap the benefits of an outdoor adventure. It seems we could all use a little stress relief these days, and studies have shown the smells of the outdoors are great stress relievers, especially pine. Coupled with a hike, your body responds in positive ways like increased immunity and energy, and who couldn’t use more of both?
As a gateway to the southern district of Shenandoah National Park and the northern district of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Waynesboro is a great place to take a deep breath. A drive of just a few minutes puts you on course for spring explorations in the great outdoors.
Spring rains ensure the verdant foliage is luscious and the streams are rushing to spill over beautiful waterfalls. Wildlife is out and about in full force. Look out for deer, bears, and a colorful variety of birds, and take care not to disturb them as you stretch your legs in the Park. Roll down the windows and let the warm air whip your hair as you embark through nature. It’s a fresh start for the Park and for you.
Take A Hike On The Wild Side
Sturdy shoes and a good walking stick are handy for hiking, and we know of three great excursions near Waynesboro that should be on your radar.
Adventurous hikers who love a test of endurance will appreciate the 2,400-feet of elevation gain Turk Mountain has to offer. Set aside five hours to wrap up the 10.4-mile journey. (https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/TurkMountain/)
A bit less climbing than Turk Mountain is Riprap Hollow at 2,225 feet. Time to hike is about the same but it’s nearly a mile shorter. Chimney Rock is the best look-out and the 20-foot waterfall is a pleasant surprise. (https://www.hikingupward.com/SNP/RiprapHollow/)
An easy trail for families with younger children is Blackrock Summit, a one-hour, one-mile hike. It’s a TRACK Trail for Kids, part of the Kids in Parks Program. Look for the TRACK Trails activity brochure at the trailhead. (https://www.nps.gov/thingstodo/hikeblackrocksummit.htm)
Fresh Air Is Good For Families
Families who plan together form the best bonds, we think. Help your children explore by picking up a Junior Ranger Activity Book to learn about the native plants and animals, as well as the history of Shenandoah National Park.
What You Need to Know
This is Phase One of Shenandoah National Park's Phased Reopening plan, following guidelines from the White House, the CDC, and state and local health officials. Their goal is to slowly and intentionally increase recreational access in the Park in order to keep the public safe and healthy. Not everything in the Park will be reopening right away, and the park will be open for day use only, from 5 am-10 pm. Check their website for the most up-to-date information, and a full list of what you can do!
We’ll Be Waiting For You in Waynesboro
When you decide to come on down from your mountaintop experience, we’ll be waiting with tasty eats, delicious beverages, bountiful art and entertainment, and even more outdoor recreation. Let us know how we can help by connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.