Shenandoah National Park covers an area of Virginia, the closest major city to the park – Front Royal. The present borders of the Shenandoah Park cover 805.39 square kilometers. Over the years of its existence (founded on December 26, 1935) acquired the status of the park and vecame quite interesting and quite remarkable tourist attraction. The proof to this – high attendance of Shenandoah Park: approximately 1,075,000 tourists a year.
Shenandoah National Park is located in the vast Appalachian ridge Blue Ridge. As a result, the total length of the park equals 169 km. In the west a natural border is the river park Shenandoah, in the east – Piedmont hills. Maximum height in the park reaches Hawksbill Mountain, which is equal to 1 235 m above sea level. Today the day of its creation is considered 26 December of 1935, but actually, it is not. The park was established here back in 1926, but work began only after this date. Today, in Shenandoah National Park it is not rare to meet a reminder before seething agricultural life here – the numerous farms and their remnants.
For easy movement and, in particular, the entrance to the park on its territory highway Skyline Drive paved. Along this highway a lot of observation points are created. Numerous hiking trails and guided tours originate with lookouts in the park. To date, the park five camps and three hotels work steadily. Local amusements are horseback riding and cycling.
Taking a walk in the park Shenandoah, it is not surprising to meet a bear; these animals have a very large population here. Also on site of Shenandoah National Park deer, bobcat, gray fox, raccoon, American black bear, skunk, opossum, groundhog, and rabbit live. Of the birds in the park, 200 species recorded. The fish fauna are found 32 species of fish.
However, greater than the fauna, its flora attracts tourists to Shenandoah National Park. In general, much of the park territory is occupied by forests: pine forests in the south-west, hemlock groves in the north-east, oaks and chestnut trees throughout the park. The local hills are famous for the abundance of cacti. The North is dominated by mosses. However, the most common species found in the park of oaks, hickory, maple, chestnut, mountain laurels, ferns.