Monday, August 11, 2014

Fun in Virginia

Shenandoah River State Park
Bentonville, VA
Aug 4-Aug 8

Since we are too big to fit into any of the federal campgrounds in the Shenandoah National Forest, we traveled to Shenandoah River State Park so that we could explore the area.  The state park is relatively new, well laid out and has many amenities that looked right up our alley (hiking and the river!).

The state park separates the camping loops and does not let tents in the RV campground.  They have a separate loop for tent campers and another loop for the larger cabins (there were a few smaller cabins in our loop).  We were not assigned a site at check-in and got to pick our site.

Nice paved site with a huge patio - blackberries all around!

View of our backyard.  Yeah - we're gonna like it here!
Dan, Syl, and I set out in the afternoon to get our bearings around the campground.  We ended up hiking almost 4 miles.
Fly fishermen in the river.  The river is not deep and crystal clear.
Taking a break and enjoying the scenery

This is a map that was at the Visitor's Center.  It shows the trail network within the park.  It also shows how curvy the river is!

The visitor’s center has a wonderful display if all the different type of floral and fauna that can be found in the park.

We saw many, many birds on our hikes including a new favorite of mine, the indigo bunting. Bunnies and deer too…no bear, fox, or coyote though.  (That bear bell of mine must be working!)

Dan and I set out on morning to do a little exploring by bike…

We  made it to the park boundary and decided to explore a little more….
We spotted this farm and enjoyed the views 

This guy was interested in us...not sure if he had ever seen people on bikes before!
We pedaled as far as we could…before the hills turned into steeper inclines.  As soon as we stopped to turn around, a older gentlemen pulled up in his red pick-up truck, stopped and turned off the engine.  We chatted for a bit and he asked where we were from.  We told him that we were full-time Rvers and we were staying at the state park.  He smiled.  Back in the 1990s, him and his siblings (the Cullers) sold about 500 acres of their land to the state of Virginia.  The state than turned the land into Shenandoah River State Park.  It was neat chatting with him.

Gin, Syl, Dan, and I toured part of Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park one day.  We got on the scenic byway in Front Royal and drove all the way to Luray.  It was a hazy day but the views were still beautiful.

The temperature was dropping as we climbed in elevation.  Dan and Syl took turns driving so that everyone got a chance to take in the beautiful scenery.

More often than not, the four of us laugh until we cry…literally!

It was a great day exploring Skyline Drive.

Dan and I took off one morning on another hike.  The trail system within the state park is very well maintained.  Nice, wide paths and trail and directional markers well placed.  We hiked over 4 miles and never saw another person!

My DIL, Amanda, had sent me a picture of Brandon goofing off when they were hiking up in the mountains of NC a few weeks ago.  She said that she was scared that Brandon was going to teach his antics to their kids one day….
Amanda - the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!
Dan showing the height of the cliff with his foot...
Neat rock formations

Dan acting goofy on the trail

It was a great hike!

One evening, Syl, Gin and I went to Cullers Overlook to see the sunset.

No spectacular colors but it was a nice way to end the day.

We really enjoyed this state park and, although we didn’t have Verizon phone/internet coverage, would definitely return if in the area again.


  1. We haven't spent much time in VA yet, but it's definitely on our list for someday.

  2. Yes that was a very nice park. Loved all the trails and Cullers Overlook not to mention the river.
    We do know how to laugh, don't we.

  3. WOW...that looks like a beautiful state park!! Hiking and Biking and Views Oh MY:o)) With all that laughing going on, I believe you must still be partying with the Chocolate Lab wine;o)) Be safe and Keep having FUN!!!

  4. Great pictures, miss you guys! Isn't it Birthday time? Hope we didn't miss.