This is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah National Park. The trees are just beginning to bud … in our own woods the flowering redbuds and dogwoods dot the hillsides; that means they will be dotting the mountains in the next few weeks. From Cedar Spring Inn you can enter Skyline Drive and thus the Shenandoah National Park in just a 20 minute drive.
From Cedar Spring Inn you will enter Skyline Drive at Rt. 33, which is Milepost 65.5 miles, Swift Run Gap. Nearby at milepost 62.8 is the hike to South River Falls. Reaching the falls is a hike of 2.6 miles roundtrip, with a climb of 850 feet.
If you would like to review all the hiking options in the Shenandoah National Park go to http://www.nps.gov/shen/planourvisit/hiking.htm. Click on the printable maps button and review the hikes in the Central or Southern Districts, both easily accessed from the Swift Run Gap entrance. If you would like to see the waterfalls in the Park visit www.nps.gov/shen/planourvisit/waterfalls.htm.
Spring in the mountains can be even more beautiful than fall. Without the full leaf cover the views are really different; the wonder of the natural topography is so much more apparent. The color is special as well, with the budding trees