Mount Vernon 2011 Trip Day 5

Wednesday June 8




Travel 232 mile today



Shenandoah National Park


Shenandoah National Park (PDF) Link


Misty fog and soft morning light create the color which gave the Blue Ridge Mountains their name.
View from overlook into the valley.


Shenandoah National Park
Visitors at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center learn about Shenandoah at the "Experience Shenandoah" exhibit.
"Experience Shenandoah" exhibit at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at mile 4.6 has both a movie and an interactive exhibit designed to introduce you to your Shenandoah experience. From the wide-angle view of our overlooks, to an up-close examination of nature, this exhibit is a great appetizer to the delights of the park.

Two Shenandoah visitors learn about the creation of Shenandoah National Park while viewing the exhibit at Byrd Visitor Center.

Byrd Visitor Center exhibit

Byrd Visitor Center at milepost 51 debuted a new exhibit in late 2006. It tells the stories of Shenandoah’s establishment and development including the controversial acquisition of privately owned land, the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the little known story of desegregation in the 1930s and 40s. As each decade has unfolded, Shenandoah’s landscape had changed in reflection of American’s values. This exhibit chronicles those changes and seeks to involve you in the future of Shenandoah.

Also at Byrd you’ll find a selection of movies including Shenandoah, The Gift.


Visitors read informative exhibit panels at historic Rapidan Camp.
NPS John F. Mitchell
Visitors can learn about the Hoover Presidency at historic Rapidan Camp.

Visitors can learn about the Hoover Presidency at historic Rapidan Camp.

Rapidan Camp is the former summer retreat of President Herbert and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. The President’s House has been historically refurnished and The Prime Minister’s cabin is the site of an exhibit. The exhibit explains the Hoovers’ choice of a vacation home in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and tells the story of their tumultuous presidency. Check the ranger programs schedule for directions and times to visit.

You can hike (4 miles round trip or a 7.4 mile loop) to Rapidan Camp. Get a map of the Rapidan Camp area here.

The exhibits at Rapidan Camp are open intermittently. Check at Byrd Visitor Center for times/days exhibits are open.

Meticulously-restored Massanutten Lodge contains the

NPS John F. Mitchell

The "Women of Skyland" interpretive exhibit resides within recently restored Massanutten Lodge at Skyland.

Massanutten Lodge was the home of Addie Nairn Pollock, co-owner of Skyland Resort. The lodge’s living room has been historically refurnished. The lodge also houses an exhibit, The Women of Skyland which documents the lives of several women who frequented the resort in the Roaring 20s. Although from very different backgrounds, they all held in common the need to reach beyond many of the social barriers of the time. Check the ranger program schedule for times to visit.

Visitor Centers

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Location: Mile 4.7 on Skyline Drive

Available Facilities: Restrooms, information desk, exhibits, orientation movie, bookstore, publications, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid. Fox Hollow Trail trailhead across Skyline Drive from visitor center.

Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center

Location: Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive

Available Facilities: Restrooms, information desk, exhibits, ranger programs, videos, bookstore, publications, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid. Big Meadows across Skyline Drive from visitor center.

Loft Mountain Information Center

Location: Mile 79.5 on Skyline Drive

Available Facilities: Restrooms, information desk, small bookstore, publications, maps, backcountry permits, first aid. Frazier Trail trailhead across Skyline Drive from information center.

Where To Eat
Visitors enjoying the outdoor patio at Skyland Dining Hall.
  • Elkwallow Wayside (mile 24.1) The Wayside offers a variety of breakfast selections and sandwiches and grilled items for lunch and dinner, with seating outside on the patio or at picnic tables.
  • Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5)
    Dining room with table service. Menu includes appetizers, salads, entrees and deserts.
  • Big Meadows Wayside (mile 51.2) The Wayside houses a full-service dining room with carryout service and offers a varied menu of regional favorites and contemporary food.
  • Big Meadows Lodge (follow signs from Skyline Drive at mile 51.2) Dining room in lovely rustic setting. Menu includes appetizers, salads, entrees, and deserts.
  • Loft Mountain Wayside (mile 79.5) The Wayside has a dining room with counter service, with seating inside and outside on picnic tables. The menu includes a variety of breakfast selections, sandwiches, and grilled items.