Shenandoah National Park in Virginia has some spectacular sunrises, like this one from Hazel Mountain Overlook. Just 75 miles from Washington, DC, Shenandoah offers an escape from the city with cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows. National Park Service photo.


I got back from a three day backpacking trip through Shenandoah National Park yesterday! I had a blast doing it with my buddy John, even though it was way more grueling than either of us expected it to be. We started near the southern end of the park and headed on up to Bacon’s Hollow overlook, covering around 33 miles or so. By no means did we do it quickly by most people’s standards, but the blisters on our feet and soar muscles were very happy to be done when we finally got there.