Located in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is characterized by the lush Blue Ridge Mountains and 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail. If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and experience some off the beaten path destinations, you’re in luck; this park is full of unique vistas and hidden hikes to try!
The hike to the summit of Strickler Knob is one of the most scenic in the Eastern United States. The trek is challenging, but it’ll be worth it for spectacular panoramic views over the Shenandoah Valley once you reach the summit!
A less-trafficked alternative to Grand Caverns, Shenandoah Caverns offer a less crowded, more private experience in the park with caverns that are equally as gorgeous. You can expect knowledgeable guides and stunning rock formations here, and there’s even an elevator to take you up and down.
Jones Run Falls
If you want to visit some of Shenandoah National Park’s incredible waterfalls but want to avoid the crowds, head to Jones Run Falls. The hike begins just off of Skyline Drive and brings you to these beautiful 40-foot waterfalls situated against a scenic forested backdrop.
Double Bear Rocks
If you’re up for a challenge with major payoffs, set out on the Pass Mountain Trail, one of the least-trafficked hikes in Shenandoah. The hike culminates at Double Bear Rocks and offers a breathtaking vista covering Lurray Valley, New Market Gap, Strickler Knob, Kennedy Peak, and Massanutten Range.
An easy and lesser-known hike in Shenandoah, the Veach Gap Trail is about 7 miles long and is scenic the entire time. At the end of the hike, you’ll be rewarded with amazing views over the Shenandoah River.