Day 75: Shenandoah

Publish date: Jul 12, 2019

We’ve entered Shenandoah, the second and last national park along the AT. The trail zigzags across Skyline drive. The AT used to be go directly along Skyline Drive, but someone believed that the good views should belong to drivers instead. Lots of thru hikers dislike this situation. Some opt to “aqua blaze,” that is, raft down the Shenandoah River. Others just hike along the highway instead of the trail. I think I’m in the minority who enjoys it. It’s well-maintained, relatively easy terrain, and it passes by several food stations. One thing that does humble us all is the abundance of wildlife here. Everyone has spotted bears except me, apparently.