Virginia: Shenandoah National Park


IMG_4570After days of rain, we had a glorious sunny today at our visit to Shenandoah National Park- about 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. We were lucky enough to experience the beginnings of the change of colors with bright reds and orange popping up in the trees amidst the lush green.

We Renners caravaned to the park with my brother Brantly and his family. That meant we traveled with five children 5 and under.IMG_4575

We decided to head straight to the Limberlost Trail, about 40 miles in from the northern Front Royal entrance. It was the only paved trail in the park. We really appreciate that the national parks always make sure to include at least one of these “accessible” trails for the disabled and others who aren’t able to do more difficult hikes. This particular trail was a pleasant, flat loop with lots of benches along the way. We easily pushed the youngest members of our group in two strollers. The 1.3-mile distance was perfect for our group. The weather was balmy – in the high 60s, low 70s.

Afterwards, we enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the Skyland Resort, a short distance from the trail. Then we let the kids scramble on boulders just outside. As we watched some of the last morning fog drift by the mountains, my brother Brantly said the scene reminded him of the misty mountains described in Tolkien’s novel “The Hobbit.” All in all, it was a wonderful day.


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