While staying in Port Republic Virginia, a visit to the beautiful Shenandoah National Park is a must. The U.S. National Parks commission takes great pride in the Shenandoah, keeping it clean, safe and beautiful for visitors to enjoy. For the outdoors type, the Shenandoah offers literally hundreds of miles of hiking trails, offering scenic views of nature.
The Appalacian Trail
For one of the largest, shared hiking trails in the United States, BBOnline recommends a visit to the Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail was an idea conceived in 1921 and completed in 1937. It was created by private citizens and stretches more than 2000 miles through the eastern portion of the United States. From point to point, the trail begins at Mount Katahdin in Maine and stretches all the way to Springer Mountain in Georgia. It is an entirely public foot path for the entire distance. The Appalachian trail touches 14 U.S. states and comprises a series of trails ranging from beginner to challenging. Nearly 2/3 of the people living in the U.S.A. live less than an hour's driving distance from some point in the trail. The Shenandoah's National Park has the privilege of occupying 101 miles of the Appalachian trail. This portion of the trail is moderate with the majority of hikers able to enjoy it. The Appalachian Trail is one of the largest, shared projects in the U.S. with over 75 agencies both state and federal working to keep the path safe for all to enjoy. Staying in a Port Republic Inn will offer visitors the chance to take full advantage of this portion of the Appalachian trail.
The Old Rag Mountain Hike
The Old Rag Mountain Hike is one of the most popular trails in the Shenendoah National Park. Unfortunately it is also one of the most dangerous and not for everyone. The Old Rag Mountain Trail accounts for the most search and rescue missions carried out by the Shenandoah National Park. The entire hike is 8 miles with a 3-mile section known as the "rock scramble." This is both fun and challenging as it requires a large amount of upper body strength and balance. During this section hikers will ascent nearly 2000 feet through narrow passages and rocks. The Old Rag Mountain Trail does offer some of the most spectacular views from the summit. Getting there however requires, strength, skill and patience. After hiking and reaching the summit of Old Rag Mountain, visitors will likely be grateful to spend the night in a Port Republic bed and breakfast.
The Limberlost Trail begins at mile post 43 and is open to anyone. People with mobility issues often hike this trail due to its construction. The Limberlost Trail meets ADA guidelines and is due to be updated again to stay current with new safety rules and regulations. The trail is a 1.3-mile circuit that is most beautiful in June when the flowers are in full bloom.