Meet your guides and traveling companions at 10:30am this morning in Fairfax, Virginia. The guides give a brief orientation for the days ahead before we hop in the provided shuttle for a 2.5-hour drive along historic Skyline Drive to the Hawksbill Mountain trailhead. From there we set off on our quest to summit Hawksbill Mountain. At 4,050?, it?s the highest point in Shenandoah National Park. A little later we reach our first waterfalls and cascades on a short hike up Dark Hollow Falls. The day wraps up at Big Meadows Campground where we enjoy a hearty meal prepared by our guides before climbing into our sleeping bags for the night. Lunch and dinner included.
Hiking: Up to 3 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,235? / -1,235?; Van transfer: 3 hours
We wake to the smell of coffee and the sounds of the forest this morning. After a hearty breakfast we?re off to explore Whiteoak Canyon. Known for its prolific concentration of waterfalls, creeks and crystal-clear swimming holes, the trail offers many welcome opportunities to cool off during hot Virginia summers. The canyon?s wide variety of water features also makes it a beloved destination for hikers. In between the splashing, the selfies, and the soaking in of all the beauty, we take a breather to enjoy a picturesque picnic lunch. After a few more peaceful miles in the canyon we head back to camp for another night of great food and endearing company. All meals included.
Hiking: Up to 10.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,408? / -2,408?; Optional hiking: 1.1 mile, Elevation gain/loss: Minimal
This morning we work together to break down camp before hopping in our shuttle for a 1.5 hour van ride to our next adventure. With some of the longest and oldest anthodite formations in the world, Skyline Caverns offers a unique visit into a series of colorful caves. Our cavern host teaches us about the special circumstances that contribute to these geologic masterpieces. Later this afternoon we get our heart pumping on a series of ziplines, rappels, and bridges that soar over the hardwood forests of the Shenandoah Valley. Finally, after our full day of Appalachian adventure, we set up our new camp along the soothing Shenandoah River. All meals included.
Canopy tour: 8 ziplines, 1 rappel, 2 bridges; Van transfer: 1.5 hours
Today we round out our Shenandoah adventure with a fantastic float down the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Our method of transportation down the Class I or Class II rapids will be determined by river conditions and the recommendation of our expert river guides. But regardless of vessel, this route promises incredible views, as the South Fork is ideally situated between the banks of the Massanutten Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. Later this afternoon we get back on the road for a 2-hour van ride to Fairfax, VA, where we bid our final farewells.
We estimate arriving back in Fairfax around 5:30pm today. But this time may vary depending on group pace, trail conditions, weather, traffic and other factors beyond our control. To be safe, don?t book travel out of the Fairfax area until after 8pm. Breakfast and lunch included.
River float: 4?6 hours; Van transfer: 2 hours