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The Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park
Just 75 miles west of DC, Shenandoah National Park contains
seemingly endless acres of dense forests, deep rocky ravines and
surging waterfalls. Far from being untouched for the past three hundred
years, this natural landscape was created when hundreds of small family
farms and homesteads were brought up by the state and federal
governments during the Depression, and the land was left to revert to
its natural state. Shenandoah, meaning "river of high mountains" has
one of the most scenic byways in the USA, the Skyline Drives: a thin
ribbon of pavement curving along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The views are incredible.
Get the most out of the parks wide open spaces on one of the many hiking trails.