Meet your guides and fellow hikers this morning for a short introduction and orientation. We load into our van and set off for Front Royal, the gateway into Shenandoah National Park and the start of our adventure. After a quick stop in Front Royal to fuel up with a hot drink or delicious local pastry we hit the trail in Thompson Hollow. Today’s hike takes us on a steady climb towards Overall Run Falls, at 93 feet Overall Run Falls is the highest drop of any waterfall in Shenandoah National Park. We continue towards Elkwallow Wayside where we’ll be whisked off to the Skyland Resort. The Skyland Resort was built in 1895 on the site that would later become the highest point on Skyline Drive at 3,680 feet. Sunset views from the lodge’s balconies and restaurant are sure to leave a lasting impression. Lunch and Dinner included.
Hiking: 6.6 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,242’/-723’; Van transfer: 2 hours
We start the day with a delicious breakfast and watch as the fog burns away opening to spectacular views of the Shenandoah Valley. After breakfast we check out of Skyland and head to our next hike. Just across Skyline Drive is one of Shenandoah National Park’s most iconic hikes to Whiteoak Canyon Falls, where we can hike along a series of waterfalls. We keep our eyes peeled for wildlife and soak in each new waterfall along the way. From Whiteoak Canyon we traverse across to Hawksbill Summit, the highest point in Shenandoah National Park at 4,050 feet. A more varied and beautiful hike would be hard to come by! At trail’s end we have a short transfer to Big Meadows Lodge, our home for the next two nights. All meals included.
Hiking: 8.7 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +2,745’/-2,613’; Van transfer: 15 minutes
Enjoy a hearty, healthy breakfast at Big Meadows Lodge before hitting the trail for a day of chasing waterfalls. Today we hike directly from our lodge and head out towards Dark Hollow Falls and on to Rapidan Camp. Rapidan Camp was built by President Herbert Hoover in 1929 as a retreat where he could go and relax and talk with trusted friends and advisors. From Rapidan Camp we hike to Big Rock Falls and are reunited with Skyline Drive at Milam Gap. Our guides will then transfer us to the Lewis Mountain Picnic Area where we enjoy a guide prepared meal and have more time to relax and enjoy the ambiance of Shenandoah National Park. All meals included.
Hiking: 8.4 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,681’/-1,968’; Van transfer: 25 minutes
Today is our final day in Shenandoah National Park, but the adventure is not over. After breakfast we depart Big Meadows for a scenic drive on the most iconic section of Skyline Drive. What trip to Shenandoah is complete without enjoying Skyline Drive? Our hike today starts near Lands Run Gap and has us hiking parallel with Skyline Drive on Dickey Ridge towards the entrance to Shenandoah National Park and Front Royal. Today we relish views of the Shenandoah Valley and river, lush meadows, and a long gradual descent to the park’s entrance. Tonight, we have dinner in historic Front Royal, an incredibly quant town that was a focal point during the Civil War. We expect to return to our host hotel between 8:30-9:30pm. All meals included.
Hiking: 8.5 miles, Elevation gain/loss: +1,114’/-2,518’; Van transfer: 2.5 hours