Take a Trip to Shenandoah National Park from Stanley

Taking a trip to the Shenandoah National Park from Stanley, Virginia is easy to do since the town is located in the Shenandoah mountain range. The small hamlet of Stanley, with a population of more than 1,200 residents, is a gateway to the Virginia Shenandoah Valley, Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia and Skyline Drive.

Located just off U.S. 81, it is easy to get to if traveling from Baltimore, Maryland; Wheeling, West Virginia; Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC. The town is located in the northwestern part of Virginia and boasts many sites and scenic views along the way. You can choose to stay in any of the area lodging offerings, including any Stanley Inn throughout the area.

What to Do when Traveling from Stanley

Because of the proximity to the Shenandoah National Park, there are numerous adventures that you can plan once you are comfortably situated in your lodgings. You can explore more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail contained within the Shenandoah National Park. The majority of the trails that are accessible into the park are located just off Skyline Drive, the 105 mile stretch of road that runs the length of the Shenandoah National Park. It's easily accessible from your Stanley Bed and Breakfast.

Luray Caverns
970 U.S. Highway 211 West
PO Box 748
Luray, Virginia 22835
(540) 743-6551

When taking the drive from Stanley into the Shenandoah National Park, stop by the nearby Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia. The Luray Caverns are an internationally acclaimed attraction of columns and rock formations as well as pools. The caverns were first discovered in 1878, although they were formed some 4 million centuries ago. 

Tickets to enter the caverns cost $22 per adult and $11 for children age 6 to 12. Children 5 and younger are not charged. Groups of 20 or more are charged $14.50 per adult and $7 for children age 12 and under. The caverns are open year round with staggered closing hours depending on the time of the year.

Traveling to Shenandoah National Park

The Shenandoah National Park is operated by the U.S. National Park Service. When traveling from Stanley, the best place to enter the park is from Skyline Drive. Be aware that when traveling on Skyline Drive the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, which is strictly enforced. This will help you enjoy the sights and vistas that you will experience while exploring the park and avoid any dangerous situations that may arise. Staying in Stanley will allow you to rest up and feel energized when you embark on your road trip through the Shenandoah National Park.