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  • Writer's pictureElena K.

Shenandoah National Park Hikes

It's been a while since I posted; life's been pretty hectic. But finally, while we're waiting for election results this stressful week, I'm going to share with you how my hike in Shenandoah went weeks ago.

I choose the Whiteoak Canyon trail, a 9 miles hike rated as hard. However, if you're a hiker, it's not hard. It's a bit tiring since it's steep at certain places but very doable (2,408 ft elevation gain). Hiking shoes are recommended but not required. You should also bring water and food; there are portable potties in the parking lot, but I would just avoid them if possible...

This year's fall colors are not as good as last year, but the hike has some medium-sized, graceful waterfalls that are worth seeing.

If you're traveling from D.C. or Maryland, it's best to stay one day in Luray even though you can make this a day trip too. However, depending on what hike you choose (Shenandoah has plenty of great options), parking lots can be full as early as 9 am. Also, keep in mind that even if you stay in Luray, depending on the hike, you might have to travel up to an hour out to get to the starting point, so plan for an early morning.

If you stay in Luray, you can combine your visit to Shenandoah with Luray Caverns; this cave was discovered in 1878; there, you can enjoy the sight of extraordinary formations.

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