Beyond New Market: A Guide to Shenandoah National Park

Your vacation in New Market, Virginia takes you beyond the town's boundaries to Shenandoah National Park. Although your New Market Bed and Breakfast is located in a town of great history, you'll need other places of interest to explore. Shenandoah National Park is just the place to begin your exploration. BBOnline put together a guide to this national park and other places to visit near New Market.

Shenandoah National Park
3655 US Hwy 211 E
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 999-3500
http://www.nps.gov/shen/

Shenandoah National Park is great for planning outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing are the biggest activities at the park. The park consists of over 500 miles of trails that include the famous Appalachian Trail. It's one of the most popular trail systems in this area. You can access most of the trails through Skyline Drive.

Black bear and deer are some of the wildlife you'll see at Shenandoah. Black bears are common sights. They usually rests under the shady rocks in the park. Shenandoah also has over 60 different rare plant species. The majority of these are found in Big Meadows.

Besides hiking and seeing nature, you can climb the mountains. Rock climbing takes you up the Blue Ridge Mountains and other rock formations in the park. When you're not doing any of these things, you can visit the many waterfalls and streams. They run through the park in almost every area.

The visitor center is a good place to take the kids. It features exhibits and informative films on the park and surrounding areas. You can also find a bookstore there as well.

Shenandoah Caverns
261 Caverns Rd
Shenandoah Caverns, VA 22847
(540) 477-3115
http://www.shenandoahcaverns.com/index.php

Shenandoah Caverns provide year-round tours of the caverns beneath Virginia since 1922. This exciting company takes you on a 1-mile tour of these natural formations. You'll see limestone and crystalline formations that formed millions of years ago. Shenandoah Caverns is one of the most respected tour guides in the Shenandoah Valley area. You can call for reservations and fees when you arrive to your New Market Inn.

Fisher's Hill Battlefield Civil War Site
Battlefield Rd
Toms Brook, VA  22660
(888) 367-3965
http://www.shenandoahatwar.org/battlefields/f_hill_battlefield.html

The Civil War affected much of Virginia, especially Shenandoah Valley. Fisher's Hill Battlefield Civil War Site is accessible by taking a self-guided tour. There are trail markers placed on the site to guide you on your tour. You'll see specific battlefield locations where the Confederate army fought the Federals.

This battlefield is just one of several in this particular area. Tom's Brook is south of Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek is located north. They are all a part of the Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

Valley Ballooning
603 Cobb Ct
Woodstock, VA 22664
(540)975-0192
http://www.valleyballooning.com/index.html

Civil War battlefields and national parks aren't the only things to see near your New Market Bed and Breakfast. Hot air balloon rides are fun and adventurous activities you'll love. Valley Ballooning is in Woodstock. This tour guide takes you over Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains and other spectacular scenic attractions in Virginia. Call the company for price rates and times.