Camping and Biking in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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“Mind if I join you for dinner?”

 

Ahhhh Shenandoah. The views, the ridge lines, the wildlife, what’s not to love? We are so happy every time we get to do a shoot out in this area. We found ourselves headed out this way to meet up with a sweet couple from Washington D.C. for an epic anniversary session. So obviously, we loaded up the camper and took her with us so we could spend a little extra time out there. As I’ve mentioned before, the convenience of this is not hard to get used to!

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(Josh’s fancy pants clothes drier)
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We ended up heading to Shenandoah National Park in the fall, but up on the ridgeline, things looked more like winter. Most of the leaves were gone and some of the facilities had closed for the season. We had camped at the Big Meadows Campground off Skyline Drive before and were happy that they were still offering sites. As we drove around looking for a good spot, there were deer eating apples from the trees on the campsites. I love watching the deer, so I had Josh park at a site right there in the middle of the action. As we set up our camper, two deer sitting on our site hardly even budged. You bet Migo loved watching them hang around too!

 

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Skyline Engagement Session
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We had a lovely photo session the day we came in, and set the next day aside to go for a nice long bike ride. We just got our new Surly Trolls from Oak City Cycling Project and were pumped to be able to break them in on an epic route like Skyline Drive. We rode North from Big Meadows until we couldn’t ride anymore…and then turned around and did it all again. This was my first strenuous ride in quite a while, and while not completely easy, it also wasn’t as impossible as I had imagined it. Sure, we were riding through the mountains, but it was on a ridge line, so the elevation changes aren’t as insane as you might expect. Maybe it was beginners luck after not riding for a while, but I was quite happy with how I kept up with Josh.

 

(I made it a rule to pull over at every overlook on our ride)

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Shenandoah Skyline Drive Engagement Session
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Shenandoah National Park Engagement Session
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Shenandoah Outdoor Wedding
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(Our neighbor eating her dinner)
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When we got back, we took looooong hot showers and cooked up dinner. Big Meadows Campground can accomodate RV’s but, it doesn’t offer any electric or water hookups. They do, however, have excellent pay-for shower facilities, clean bathrooms, a pretty large camp store, visitors center, and even a restaurant. Its a really great spot for those looking to glamp rather than rough it. I highly recommend. Plus- who doesn’t like having Bambi as a neighbor?

(the photo doesn’t even do it justice!)

Thanks so much for reading!
Shelley + Josh Hartman – Shenandoah + Virginia Wedding/ Elopement Photographers

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