The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia have been famous long before Shenandoah National Park was established. People came here to rest and get recreation. President Herbert Hoover and the first Lady build a camp in the park as a retreat. Not too far from Washington and completely different. Good for escaping the city stress.
In 1930, the depression era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) “boys” came to built facilities, so that everyone could retreat to the mountains to relax and get recreation.
Home to the black bear, deer, bob cats, falcons, coyotes, … Shenandoah National Park’s scenic drive is 105 miles long, great turns and beautiful views. At the southern end it joins the Blue ridge Park Way, which stretches 469 miles to Great Smoky Mountain National Park.