There are so many different ways to get to know Shenandoah National Park when you visit. And at just 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., it couldn’t be more conveniently located relative to a number of metro areas. You probably know that it’s a hiking and backpacking paradise, with over 500 miles of trails (including 100 on the Appalachian Trail). But hiking only scratches the surface of activities that highlight the best of the popular, sizable park that extends along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Expand your possible outdoor-adventure opportunities with the following handful of other suggestions for fun at the iconic park, from biking to climbing to ranger-led tours.
Granite lovers will enjoy ticking off some of Virginia’s classic climbs at Old Rag, one of the most popular climbing areas in the park. Getting to Old Rag requires a bit of an effort (about an hour-and-a-half hike uphill), but climbers will be rewarded with sweeping views of the park. Most of the climbs there are single-pitch trad routes, but there’s top-rope routes and bouldering as well. The area is known for its classic splitter cracks and corners, and for its solid rock. Try Pure Fun, a 5.7 trad/top-rope route or Strawberry Fields, a 5.9+ trad route.