SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VIRGINIA
Following our time in Washington, DC, we spent a few days in Shenandoah National Park, just two hours south of DC. Day 1 was spent hiking Compton Gap, where we hiked several miles on the Appalachian Trail to a gorgeous overlook in the park. It was spectacular! After staying the night at Mathew's Arm Campground in the park, we woke up and drove the Skyline Drive through the park to our destination for the day. We spent that day hiking the White Oak Falls Trail, an almost 7 mile trail with a 1500 foot elevation gain. The destination of the waterfall was a welcome sight, and the kids had a blast swimming in the swimming hole and playing in the waterfall, before the treacherous hike back (rocky and steep). I was so proud of their perseverance that day! That evening, we spent the night at Big Meadows Campground, also in the park, and Hayden had a blast chopping wood with Dad. Leaving the park, we drove another large portion of the Skyline Drive, and the views were remarkable.