Friday, October 9, 2015

National Lands: Virginia (Part 2) Assateague Is... Assateague Island National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Shenandoah National Park is the jewel of Virginia. Its 200,000 acres offer a myriad of activities for visitors. Skyline Drive provides an opportunity to view amazing vistas. The 500 miles of hiking trails give a chance to see the local wildlife. The northern entrance of the park is at Front Royal and Interstate 66. The southern entrance is near Waynesboro at Interstate 64. The park is connected to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Assateague Island National Seashore has its southern entrance in Virginia and the northern entrance in Maryland. Interstate 64 will get visitors close to the area. Biking and horseback riding are available, but water is in short supply. Shelling is limited to only one gallon and the shells must not be occupied.

English: View of Shenandoah National Park from...
English: View of Shenandoah National Park from the Skyline Drive. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The 2,185 mile-long Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs through fourteen states. The trail enters Virginia at Harper's Ferry and runs southwest through the state. Interstate 81 provides the closest interstate access. The Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail commemorates the area that Smith and his crew mapped around Chesapeake Bay. Boating and hiking are just some of the activities along nearly 3,000 miles. Virginia is one of four states to host the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. This 330 mile trail tracing the route of patriot militia runs through four states with Interstate 81 as the closest interstate to its location in southwest Virginia. At the very top tip of the state is the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail with Interstate 270 as the closest interstate. The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is 560 miles over land and water with a myriad of activities. The National Park Service website has a map of entry points. The Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail runs through nine states and DC. In Virginia the trail is east of Interstate 95 and north of Interstate 64.

The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network offers a variety of water and land activities. In McLean the Claude Moore Colonial Farm showcases farm life at the time of the Revolutionary War. Interstate 495 is the closest interstate. Also in McLean visitors can view the Great Falls of the Potomac River. George Washington is honored by the George Washington Parkway outside DC and the George Washington Birthplace National Monument located near the Potomac in eastern Virginia to the east of Interstate 95. Just south of Dale City on Interstate 95 is Prince William Forest Park that has camping, hiking and biking activities. Finally, In Vienna is the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts just to the west of DC near Interstate 495.

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