Top Adventures in Grottoes

  • Hike to Blackrock Summit, Shenandoah NP

    There are two route options, both are under 2 miles and are suitable for hikers of all experience levels. The shortest option, a 1-mile circuit, follows the Appalachian Trail from the Blackrock Summit parking area, which is just north of mile mar...

    1 miles 175 ft gain

  • Hike to Jones Run Waterfall

    This little known waterfall is located close to the more popular waterfall, Doyles River Falls. Staring at the Jones Run parking area turn left downhill following the blue blazed Jones Run trail. After 1.7 miles you will reach the main waterfall. ...

    2 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hike to Doyles Falls

    From the parking lot at MP 81.1 on the Skyline Drive, take the trailhead to the left of the sign with the trail map. Immediately you'll cross over the Appalachian Trail-stay straight on the blue-blazed trail to Doyles Falls. The trail will descend...

    3.2 miles 1190 ft gain

  • Photograph Moormans River Overlook

    Moormans River Overlook is one of the few eastern facing overlooks in Shenandoah National Park’s Southern District, which makes this a prime location for watching the sun rise when in this part of the park.  At mile post 92 off of Skyline Drive, M...

  • Hike Frazier Discovery Trail

    There are two ways to the summit: the first is a 1.3 mile loop that starts at the Loft Mountain Wayside parking lot at mile marker 79.5 off of Skyline Drive in the southern district of Shenandoah National Park.  The second way is a 3.7 mile hike o...

    1.3 miles 950 ft gain

  • Photograph Brown Mountain Overlook

    At mile post 77 off of Skyline Drive, Brown Mountain Overlook offers photographers a western view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, and the Shenandoah Valley. At 2,840 feet, Brown Mountain Overlook is one of 72 beautiful overl...

  • Hike Moorman's River

    Along the hike, there are four "official" swimming holes to jump in, but you can make your own at any time. Go in the springtime for a great waterfall at the end the feeds into a swimming hole, and in the fall for a wonderland of foliage. The off...

    2.5 miles

  • Backpack Rocky Mount Trail in Shenandoah National Park

    The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive. You can park at this overlook for the night, just make sure you fill out a (free) wilderness permit and walk the short way on Skyline Drive to the trailhea...

    9.8 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike Turk Mountain

    From the parking area at Turk Gap (MP 94.1), cross over the Skyline Drive.  The Appalachian Trail (AT) intersects right here, and take the AT south by taking the trail on the left.  After 0.2 miles you will turn right off of the AT onto the blue-b...

    2.2 miles 700 ft gain

  • Photograph Charlottesville Reservoir

    The reservoir is located in the Piedmont Hills just outside the city of Charlottesville, Virginia. So technically Charlottesville Reservoir is not in Shenandoah National Park, but it is only a few feet outside of the park, and it has an outstandin...

  • Hike to Hightop Mountain, Shenandoah NP

    The parking area for the Hightop Mountain hike is one mile south of the Swift Run Gap entrance on Skyline Drive. If you’re looking to add extra mileage to your hike, you can also park at the entrance and pick up the Appalachian Trail just south o...

    3.2 miles 900 ft gain

  • Kayak Beaver Creek Lake

    This little lake close to Charlottesville is my favorite place for an after work kayak, SUP, or just picnic by the water. It's a 20min drive from town, and the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge with water views. No gasoline p...

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Grottoes, Virginia

      Dundo Group Campground

      Overview Dundo Group Campground is a beautiful campground located at milepost 83.7 along the Skyline Drive with the Appalachian Trail passing through the site. The southern end is a picnic area an...

    • Crozet, Virginia

      Loft Mountain Campground

      Overview Perched on top of Big Flat Mountain, this is one of the largest campgrounds in the park. Loft Mountain is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, providing a wilderness getaway in t...

    • Mount Solon, Virginia

      Honeysuckle Hideaway

      Come visit the breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy this quaint campsite located on Middle River in Staunton, Virginia. This site offers an exceptional place to fish, kayak, bike on ...

      From $120/night

    • Staunton, Virginia

      Skipping Rock

      Come visit the breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy this quaint camping site located on Middle River in Staunton, Virginia. This site offers an exceptional place to fish, kayak, bike...

      From $120/night

    • Stanardsville

      Getaway Shenandoah

      A Handcrafted Hideaway Enjoy your tiny spot in nature - our collection of cabins is spread across 57 acres. The cabins are scattered throughout our Outpost, but you'll be near your neighbors.  Unpl...

      From $199/night

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