Shenandoah Nat. Park ....
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jul-05-13 8:23 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jul-05-13 9:50 PM EST --
..... the Shenandoah river isn't in the park .
Then there is the North Fork and the South Fork , and then the main branch Shenandoah river .
The North Fork and the South Fork come together in Front Royal , and from Front Royal on down you are in the main branch Shenandoah river .
Not too far down river out of Front Royal there is a dam ... you would have to portage this one to go further down river .
Not far down river from the dam , next comes Morgans Ford . Morgans Ford is a good put in for a down river trip of 2-3 days .
You can go as far as Rt.9 out of Charles Town . Beyond there comes a steep fall out to a deep section that soon ends at Milville dam .
Below Milville dam you go through benign waters again until you come to Bull Falls and the Staircase . This section is WW , and it goes on down to Harpers Ferry where the Shenandoah ends as it runs into the Potomac river . I've never been on the Shen. from Milville down , but have been there many many times .
What type of paddling experience did you have in mind ?? A day on the river or multiple days and camp .
You should be aware of the river level whatever day(s) you are on the Shenadoah . What the USGS river gages are reading is what you need to know . All sections of the Shenadoah are capable of being dangerous to deadly during high water periods , it rises fast and drains down just as fast . Otherwise under normal flow it's nice easy river to paddle down .
It's been a long time since I've been out there paddling and wading in the Shenadoah , but I know her to a fair degree .
Depending on what you want to do on the Shenandoah , there are some here who know certain sections with more recent experience .
As for fishing , Smallmouth Bass , Bluegill , nice size river Cats , Walleye . All but the Walleye will be easy targets for you .
There's a low head dam almost to the end of the North Fork where it merges into the South Fork at Front Royal ... Do Not go near that dam either from above or below it ... it doesn't look like much but people die there , it's dangerous .
As for Shenandoah Nat. Park , it runs from Front Royal S.W. to Waynesboro (which is west of Charlottsville on Rt.64 . It's something like 100 miles give or take a few . There are 4 entrances . Front Royal on one end , Waynesboro on the other end , and 2 in the middle . Skyline Drive goes through it . Skyline Drive is an improved mountain type road with ups and downs and sharper bends , very scenic , not a fast road (cyclers cruise it too , awsome down hills) , and as the nane implies , it rides the skyline . There are some caverns if you like those . Skyline caverns near Front Royal , Lurray caverns (near the mid point of Skyline Drive) , Shenandoah caverns also . I think there's only one place in the park to get gasoline now . Pres. Herbert Hoover's place is in the park and open to public for tours . There's a nice resturant in the park on Skyline Drive .
Where are you staying (town) , how much time you got to check things out ??
just found this link for you to check out ... http://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/driving-skyline-drive.htm
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