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Trip of the Month

Several times a year, the National Park Service and Shenandoah National Park offer Free Entrance Days to their facilities, byways, and hikes. While park memberships and day passes are not overly expensive, who doesn’t love a free day?! Here are the remaining Free Entrance Days of 2019:

August 25: National Park Service Birthday

September 28: National Public Lands Day

November 11: Veterans Day

See more SNP events here

Learn more about NPS fees here

Be sure to mark your calendar and head to our public lands for an adventure! If you need some local ideas and recommendations, keep reading below!

Skyline Drive

This scenic drive in SNP marks the first 105 miles of what becomes the Blue Ridge Parkway. Access to Skyline Drive generally requires a park entrance fee. Be sure to check out this awesome drive and stop to enjoy a hike, overlook, or picnic along your way.

Old Rag Mountain

After your scenic drive on Skyline Drive, there is no better hike than Old Rag! This long and technical hike generally requires a park entrance permit which can cost up to $30. Parking fills quickly (even on fee days), so it is recommended to show up early. Because this hike requires some rock scrambling and meanders some 9 miles, it is recommended to bring a friend or two. Remember that dogs are not allowed on this hike.

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Hiking Trips

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Fishing Trips

  • (VA Blue Line Map) For the fly fishermen craving native trout and beautiful rural and wilderness settings. Remember to adhere to private property and fishing regulation laws!
  • The South River is a popular spot for large rainbow and brown trout in Waynesboro, VA.
  • Try your luck on the James River for large muskie and smallmouth bass.

River Trips

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