The Parkelogue Danya & Eric's National Park Travelogue

The Luray Caverns and Final Day in Shenandoah

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For our final day in Shenandoah we checked out the Luray Caverns. The trek through the cavern is a 1.5 mile guided tour.

 

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The cavern has some really impressive formations.

 

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The cavern is well lit and there are plenty of places to stop and take in the majesty! 

 

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There is a pool to make wishes from which they have donated over a million dollars for charity to date! The Luray Caverns is also home to the worlds largest musical instrument. The Stalacpipe Organ is a one of a kind and uses the cavern itself to make tones. It was unique and beautiful to hear music from it!

 

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Our trip to the Shenandoah Valley was a wonderful winter-time adventure!

Dark Hallow Falls and Hawksbill

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Today we hiked to the Dark Hallow Falls and to Hawksbill peak which is the highest in Shenandoah.

 

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Early in our journey we saw this cool bobcat stalking through the brush. He paid little attention to us and was pretty focused on getting a meal.

 

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The hike to the Dark Hallows Falls is nice decent next to one of the streams that feed the 70' falls.

 

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Hawksbill is the highest summit in the park at 4050 feet. There is this neat shelter and a viewing platform at the top.

 

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There are almost 360 degree views from the summit and the views are breathtaking.

 

 

Little Stony Man Trails

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Our first hikes were on the Little Stony Man trails. There are great views of the valley in this area and some fun rocky hikes.

 

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Some of the trails carve right through the mountains!

 

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It was a cold day and there was ice on the trails so we had to take it slow in spots.

 

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Look at all these ice cicles!

 

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The top of Stony Man was windy and cold but the views were spectacular!

 

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We had a great first day of hiking!

Shenandoah Skyline in December

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Shenandoah National Park is beautiful and relatively quiet in December. It felt like we had the Skyline Drive all to ourselves! It is a really fun drive through the park with great views at every turn.

 

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There are 75 scenic overlooks on Skyline Drive and it takes about 3 hours to drive the length.

 

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We were lucky enough to be greeted early into our adventure by a family of black bears just off of Skyline. They made their way quickly into the trees when we turned the corner and saw them and we made sure to give mamma bear her space and moved on.

 

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It was a cold day and overcast but these views are fantastic!

 

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It was a great start to our short week in Shenandoah!

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