Shenandoah National Park Hiking Trails

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What do the blazes mean on Shenandoah National Park hiking trails?

Shenandoah National Park Hiking Trails

Shenandoah National Park hiking trails include a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail that stretches from Georgia to Maine. Other Shenandoah National Park hiking trails are less strenuous than the Appalachian is, and Limberlost Trail is even wheelchair accessible.

Shenandoah National Park hiking trails all carry "blazes" to help identify their uses. These blazes are painted on trees along the trails, so hikers should learn their designations.

  • White means you're on the Appalachian Trail.
  • Yellow means the trail is open to hikers and horseback riders.
  • Blue means the trail is open only to hikers.
  • Unblazed means the trails are nature trails for hikers only
  • Red-Orange means you've reached the park boundary.
By understanding the blazes, you can choose the trail that's right for your needs, and share the trail with other hikers or horses if you choose.

There are many self-guided nature trails throughout the park, just watch out for ticks and poisonous snakes on some Shenandoah National Park hiking trails!

   

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