Scenic Shenandoah Valley

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Storybook Trail

Storybook is the sweetest little trail to a breathtaking lookout over the valley. It's a 0.4 mile paved trail suitable for wheelchairs and strollers. However, the parking lot is not accessible and help might be needed to reach the trail. It's a great choice if you're in a quick need of a view. The sunsets are beautiful year-round.

After a gradual incline of just 65 feet in elevation gain, the trail clears to an exquisite mountain overlook. Informational signs along the way tell the geological story of the area, so by the time you look out upon Page Valley, you'll feel like a pro. The observation deck is the true crown jewel of this trail. Those who have admired this view compare it to some of Shenandoah National Park's iconic overlooks. Plus, this view is entirely free!

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Massanutten Ski Resort

A breathtaking property, Massanutten Resort® features 6,000 acres of mountain fun at its very best. Unique in both its size, variety of amenities, and outstanding condo and hotel accommodations, Massanutten has secured its spot as one of the premier all-seasons resort destinations on the East Coast.

Massanutten Resort® offers many unique amenities including the Indoor/Outdoor WaterPark, Ski and Adventure Park area, two fantastic golf courses, farm-to-table dining experiences, shopping and recreation options, along with a day spa for complete relaxation and rejuvenation. Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, Massanutten is easily accessible from many major cities.

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Showalter's Orchard

This small family orchard is rooted on top of an old hill overlooking the renowned Shenandoah Valley. The 360-degree vantage point promises breathtaking views each day. They grow many kinds of apples; in fact, there are more than 30 varieties planted. The apple harvest season generally begins in mid-July and continues through November.

They sell their fruit the Old-fashioned way, volume (measured in bushels). You select a container in denominations of 1/2 peck, peck, 1/2 bushel, and bushel. When your container level is full, you will have picked the given amount.

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Skyline Drive

A National Scenic Byway that runs 105 miles along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains starting in the north of the Shenandoah Valley at Front Royal to Waynesboro, where it meets the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Skyline Drive is Shenandoah National Park’s linear conduit, with 75 overlooks connecting travelers to all the major visitor centers, campgrounds, lodges, picnic areas and most trailheads. Fall is the most popular time to travel along Skyline Drive, with its colorful foliage from late September to mid-November. But spring offers the most colorful wildflowers along the drive, as well as blooming azaleas and mountain laurel.


Shenandoah National Park

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is a land bursting with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, fields of wildflowers, and quiet wooded hollows. With over 200,000 acres of protected lands that are haven to deer, songbirds, and black bear, there's so much to explore...and your journey begins right here!

Trail side flowers color the woods. Quartz, granite, and greenstone outcrops jut above the diverse forest, allowing far-flung views of the Blue Ridge and surrounding Shenandoah Valley. It is this beauty near and far that create the unforgettable Shenandoah experience.


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