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Time to charge your batteries

I never thought I would live to see the day that when I said recharge your batteries, a photo like this would come to mind:

Time to recharge or would that be CHARGE your batteries?

But alas, this is where we are today, technology has spun us around like the Tasmanian Devil! So when we say charge your batteries, or recharge does that mean physically, emotionally, spiritually or literally? 

Let's look at some great opportunities to charge/recharge at Shenandoah River State Park:

Walking the dog is a great way to get outside and charge those batteries!

Walking the dog is a great way to get outside and charge those batteries!

Sit along the banks of The Shenandoah River and listen to the water rippling past

Sitting along the banks of The Shenandoah River and listening to the water rippling past

Where are all the cars? The people? The noise? All I see is nature! The Shenandoah River at Shenandoah River State Park

Where are all the cars? The people? The noise? All I see is nature!

First Day of Spring at Shenandoah River State Park (taken March 20, 2012)

First Day of Spring at Shenandoah River State Park (taken last March 20, 2012)

More about Shenandoah River State Park

The park lies beside the south fork of the Shenandoah River and offers rolling, mountainous land, steep slopes and plenty of forest. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic vistas overlooking Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east.

Trails galore

Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Shenandoah River's trails.

I recommend bringing a bike along as well. There are 24 miles, seven of which are multi-use. You can also have fun riding around the paved part of the park from the cabin areas, campground and day use/picnic area.

For those who wish to boat, paddle or fish

The park offers a car top access in the day-use area, located 3.2 miles downstream from the Bentonville access area. The "fish trap" access area, near Shelter 3, is suitable for wade fishing. Freshwater fishing is available, however there are no boat rentals. There are three car-top launches and two outfitters within five minutes of the park.

Events, nature programs and other fun visitor stuff

Click here to view park events festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

The visitor center features local wildlife and has touch-screens for learning about the region's history and bird species. An aquarium there also displays fish from the Shenandoah River. The center's gift shop sells snacks, novelty items, shirts, jackets, etc.
 
Seasonal schedule between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Click here to view park events festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
 
Location and map
 
Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughter of Stars Drive, Bentonville, VA 22610; Phone: (540) 622-6840. Click here for a Google map.

You can stay overnight at a cabin or campground

For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK (7275). Click here for park fees.

Leave all those things that drain you behind, and visit a Virginia State Park, where the theme seems to be "relax, refresh and recharge."


Published: 03/13/2013


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