Why You Should Visit Shenandoah National Park In April


Spring in the Shenandoah Valley
Photo by Leo

Ah, Spring in the Shenandoah Valley! You’ll be hard pressed to find a more beautiful place on earth, unless, of course, it’s Fall in the Shenandoah Valley.

Mother Nature paints her work with extraordinary grace all over the Valley. To witness her broad lush strokes of beauty, we encourage you to visit the Shenandoah National Park.

From cascading waterfalls, quiet wooded hollows to spectacular views of the mountains, prepare to be awed and amazed.

With 200,000 protected acres, you’ll delight in the wildlife as well as the over 500 miles of trails. Here’s a map you can refer to when planning your hike.

Enjoy the Wildlife in Shenandoah National Park
Photo by Christine

In fact, the park is friendly not just to hikers, but to bicyclists and motorists. The scenic Skyline Drive will give you a bird’s eye view of all that the park has to offer. Breathtaking views and an abundance of aromatic flowers are an everyday occurrence.

Plan to visit the week of April 15-23. That’s when the park is celebrating, as they do every April, National Park Week. On the weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23, there will be no park fees. So, come and explore!

Shenandoah National Park Bicyclists: Get the Skyline Drive All To Yourself!

And for bicyclists, on April 23, the north district of Skyline Drive will be all yours. It’s called the “Ride the Drive” event.  Bicycles and other non-gasoline propelled vehicles will have sole usage from Front Royal to Thornton Gap between the hours of 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park
Photo by Larry W. Brown

The “Ride the Drive” event is part of the National Park Week and National Park RX Day, which promotes prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve health. (We can all use that!)


Shenandoah National Park also has Hiking Trails

But, if biking isn’t your thing, consider the hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail, which is 101 miles long. Some of the hiking trails lead to waterfalls while other trails lead you deep into the forest and wilderness.

You’ll also find large waterfalls accessible from a parking place along the Skyline Drive. (Be prepared for a short hike to reach them.) All of the park’s waterfalls are nestled along blue-blazed, forested trails.

With so many trails to choose from, you’re certain to find something that fits your interest and ability. Shenandoah National Park also offers a Ranger Program, which allows you to take a guided walk with a Ranger.

You’ll learn about the many animals that live in the park, as well as the natural habitat that supports

Shenandoah National Park’s Wildflowers

Trillium Wildflower

And, if you love wildflowers, the park has a wildflower calendar you can download to time your visit with your favorite flowers!

Or, you could just bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beauty of the day or choose the Spring Special featured at the Inn at Old Virginia.  We’ve prepared a Spring Hiking Day Pack filled with all kinds of goodies for you to enjoy while you explore and discover the incredible beauty of Shenandoah.

Click on the video below to view the Shenandoah National Park video. It’s delightful!

“The Mountains Are Calling…And I Must Go”  John Muir

Shenandoah National Park Video


Join Us at the Inn at Old Virginia as we celebrate Spring in the Mountains

Our Spring Special includes your choice of accommodations.

  • 2 Nights  in one of our Barn rooms for $ $252.00 plus tax or
  • 2 Nights  in one of our House rooms for $270.00 plus tax or
  • 2 Nights in one of our Barn Suites for $389.00 plus tax.


All  2 Day Spring Packages Include:

 A Hiking Day Pack filled with: bottled water, granola, fresh fruit, a hiking book to some of our favorite Shenandoah National Park Day hikes and a Bear Bell!  We call it our “Bear Essentials” Day Pack!Massage Inn at Old Virginia

And, after a long day’s hike you may wish to relax and enjoy a couples massage. Please let us know 48 hours prior to your arrival and we will be happy to book the added upgrade to your package.

Our In-room couples massage is $185.00 plus tax and may only be booked in our Barn Suites and House Guest Rooms. Go to: www.innatoldvirginia.com/packages to see what other delights we offer!

For more information or to book your Special Spring Get Away please call our hospitality team at 877-809-1146. Or, book online.

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