Top Adventures in Stanley

  • Three Falls Hike

    The Three Falls Hike in Shenandoah National Park will take you past three beautiful waterfalls all found within the central district of the park: Lewis Spring Falls, Dark Hollow Falls, and Rose River Falls. You are able to start the loop from any ...

    8.3 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Camp at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

    Visiting Shenandoah National Park for the first time can be quite overwhelming. The 109 mile long Skyline Drive, combined with over 500 miles of hiking trails, makes camping is a necessity if you truly want to experience Shenandoah.From the Appala...

  • Photograph Spilter Knoll Overlook

    The Spitler Knoll is one of 72 overlooks for people to enjoy as they travel through Shenandoah National Park along Skyline Drive.  Skyline Drive is the road that winds through the heart of Shenandoah National Park, starting at Front Royal in the n...

  • Hike the Rose River Falls to Dark Hollow Falls Loop

    Parking at the trailhead is a few miles north of Big Meadows at the Fisher's Gap Overlook parking area. You will find much more solitude along this loop trail than if you were to park at the Dark Hollow Falls trailhead as the Dark Hollow Falls i...

    4 miles 950 ft gain

  • Backpack Rose River Loop

    The trail can be found on Skyline Drive.  Though it is a little challenging to locate, you should park at  Fisher’s Gap Overlook (mile marker 49.4), and then walk over across the road and find the trail. You'll spot it by looking over the side of ...

    4 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike to Rose River Falls

    Rose River Falls is often overshadowed by it's more popular cousin, Dark Hollow Falls, as both hikes begin at the same trail head. But because Dark Hollow Falls is such a short and well known hike, it can get extremely crowded. It is also one of ...

    4 miles 853 ft gain

  • Hike Big Meadows

    Big Meadows is located in the middle of Shenandoah National Park and a great place for the whole family to explore, including your four legged friends. There is a small parking area that can hold about 10 vehicles, but don't worry if it’s full. Th...

    1 miles 30 ft gain

  • Hike Dark Hollow Falls

    Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.4 mile roundtrip hike, straight down to get to the falls,...

    1.4 miles

  • Hike to Historical Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park

    For this hike park at the Milam Gap parking lot located at mile 52.8 on Skyline Drive. Once parked you will cross Skyline Drive to reach the trail.  Hikers will follow the blue blazes along the trail and creek. After you have crossed the creek twi...

    4.5 miles 890 ft gain

  • Explore the Luray Caverns

    The caverns are located in the town of Luray, which is in the Shenandoah Valley of northwest Virginia. They can only be explored by tour, and at first I was hesitant to pay the $26 entrance fee, but after an hour-long tour that blew my mind, I had...

  • Hike to Naked Creek Falls

    Please note that there is no trail leading to these falls.  This hike is for advanced hikers.Park your car at Naked Creek Overlook in Shenandoah National Park and walk through the field staying to the left. As you start to enter the woods you will...

    1 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Hawksbill Mountain

    A hike to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain will not only put you at the highest point in Shenandoah National Park (4050'), but you'll have a 270 degree view perfect for a sunset.This moderate hike is located at MP 45.6 on the Skyline Drive in Shen...

    1.7 miles 800 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Stanley, Virginia

      Big Meadows

      Overview Secluded in the thick trees and rolling hills of Shenandoah National Park, the Big Meadows Campground is the ideal spot for an outdoor family getaway.Recreation Shenandoah National Park ha...

    • Luray, Virginia

      Luray KOA

    • Rileyville, Virginia

      Mathews Arm Campground

      Overview Secluded in the thick trees and rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park, Mathews Arm Campground is the ideal spot for a camping getaway.Recreation Shenandoah National Park has over 5...

    • 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

    • 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...

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