Shenandoah Overnight Backpacking: Fall Foliage Edition


$350 for REI Members

$370 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 3 Moderate
  • Minimum age 18
  • Group size 4 people
  • Instructor REI Experiences guides

NOWHERE is more beautiful in fall than the backcountry of Shenandoah National Park! Join our professional Outdoor School instructors for an overnight backpack into one of the most stunning areas of Shenandoah National Park. We'll cover up to 9 miles over two days along the beautiful streamside trail and campsites of Jeremy's Run. You can count on great autumn views from Knob Mountain and there's a chance you'll see some significant wildlife in the tumbling valley along Jeremy's Run. On day one, you'll meet your instructors early at REI Fairfax to review your gear and make sure you have all you'll need. After gearing up we'll caravan in separate vehicles to the trailhead in Shenandoah National Park. On the trip we'll explain how to choose and use equipment (including how to load and carry your backpack) to maximize your comfort and fun. You'll also learn about campsite selection, navigation/route finding, camp cooking, water treatment, wildlife precautions and Leave No Trace etiquette. REI provides the following gear: backpack, tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, stoves, all cookware, trekking poles, water filter and food. Please note: at just over 9 miles roundtrip with over 2600 feet of elevation gain and loss, this trip does involve strenuous exercise.

  • You will learn how to pack a backpack for fit, balance and accessibility
  • Learn techniques of how to properly wear and hike with a backpack for ultimate comfort on the trail
  • Learn backcountry navigation
  • Additional camp skills such as choosing a camp site, camp cooking, water treatment, sanitation, and Leave No Trace principles will also be taught.

What to bring with you


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due the changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic we have suspended transportation of participants in REI vehicles. You will be responsible for providing round trip transportation to/from REI and the Shenandoah National Park. It is about an hour and fifteen minute drive (60 miles) to the park entrance. REI will pay the park entrance fee for your vehicle.

Meet at

Fairfax REI

11950 Grand Common Ave, Fairfax, VA 22030

Map image of Shenandoah National Park: Jeremy's Run