Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins
Interestingly enough I stumbled upon Shenandoah National Park after the need for an immediate getaway in the woods to free my mind. A nice rustic cabin, trails for hiking, running and epic scenery was my intention. Of course, I’ve always heard of Shenandoah but never had a chance to visit until now. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the solo yet peaceful few days in Virginia which also included meditation atop the mountains, conscious reading and poetic writing. It was the most enlightening and energetic methodology to kick off the new season.
Located just 75 miles from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is the perfect escape for active families who love the great outdoors. You will be mesmerized by cascading waterfalls, amazing vistas, over 500 miles of trails and 200,000 acres of protected lands that are home to black bears, deer, songbirds, peregrine falcons and many more species of wildlife. Once settled in your cabin or tent activities to partake in include horseback riding, family picnicking, biking along Skyland Drive’s 75 scenic overlooks, joining a ranger talk to discover hidden treasures or hiking any of the famous trails like Millers Head, Stony Man Trail, Dark Hollow Falls Trail, Lewis Falls Trail or the Appalachian Trail to name a few.
My adventurous weekend began with the new 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4×4 in a Diamond Black Crystal Pearl hue which I loaded up with my bike, gear, supplies and food. The 3-hour drive from Silver Spring, MD was dynamic and efficient from the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with Fuel Saver MDS while Uconnect 4 and bucket seats kept me comfortable and plugged in. Base price is $64,295 but our truck topped off at $75,250. For those who will be arriving in electric vehicles there are charging stations at Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5) and at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51).
I decided to stay at Skyland Resort in a single bed, single room historic cabin costing about $130 a night. There is a small park fee per vehicle as well. The property also hosts newly renovated premium rooms. Other lodging options include Big Meadows Lodge, Lewis Mountain Cabins and five various campgrounds starting at $15. Additionally, there is dining for breakfast, lunch, dinner and grab’n go foods as well as live entertainment in the taprooms. Trust me, you will never find a dull moment at Shenandoah National Park!
So, keep searching for truth while evolving the spirit and elevating the mind state people. For more information visit www.GoShenandoah.com.