Shenandoah National Park turns 75

On July 3rd, Shenandoah National Park in Virginia will turn 75 years old, and the official celebration just took place over the weekend. With that in mind, we thought it’d be a good time to take a look at the park. NASA has just released an image taken last fall at the height of leaf-peeping season, as autumn is one of the more popular times of year at the park, and it’s quite an awesome image.


To see that image for yourself in Google Earth, simply load up this KML file .
While you’re there, take some time to explore other areas of the park. The celebration occurred at Big Meadows (KML ), a popular gathering spot for people that travel down skyline drive. The Appalachian Trail passes right near Big Meadows as part of its 2181 mile stretch as well.
Another popular destination in the park is Old Rag Mountain, which reaches a height of 3291 ft (KML). Thanks to Google Earth’s new mountain features, it also showcases a tour that gives you a brief spin around the mountain.

Have any of you had a chance to visit Shenandoah yet? If so, what was your favorite part of the park?

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Stuart Goldman says:

    Despite growing up in suburban Maryland, outside Washington, I didn’t visit Shenandoah NP until after I had moved to Massachusetts and decided to visit a college friend living in Luray. I was annoyed at myself when I discovered it was just a 90-minute drive from my parents’ house — I had always believed it was much farther away. I subsequently have gone back a few times when in Maryland. Saw some bear cubs. Saved a turtle from Skyline Drive. I went the day after Thanksgiving one time, because it was unseasonably warm. It’s different with the trees bare, but still great to hike around.

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