Friday, August 8, 2014

Shenandoah River State Park, Bentonville , VA

Date of Stay:  Monday August 4 – Friday August 8, 2014 (4 nights)

Rate:  $38/night

Website:  Shenandoah River State Park (VA)
   350 Daughter of Stars Drive
   Bentonville, VA 22610

Description:  Located on Hwy 340 not far from I-81, this state park opened in the 1990’s so it’s made for big rigs.  Nice level gravel sites with big patios.  Only 32 sites here along the Shenandoah River but they all have W/E (50A).  One dump station at exit.  Separate sections for tent camping, cottages and day use area.  We stayed on site 14 the first night but moved to site 10 the next few nights because it got more afternoon shade.  Very nice park with well maintained hiking trails both in the woods and along the river.  Nice Visitor Center has free wi-fi inside.  Only drawback is the fact that there is no Verizon reception (our internet too) anywhere in the park.  The Ranger said that there was Verizon in Fort Royal and Luray, both several miles away.

Activities:  I hiked with D&T some and we all enjoyed the Visitor Center.  While walking beside the river, I saw someone fly fishing and several people floating the river using inner tubes.  We all enjoyed a ride on Skyline Drive between Fort Royal and Luray.  Beautiful views of the mountains melting into the sky on a hazy day.  Gin’s knee was still acting up and she busted her big toe so it was nice to relax with her at camp too.

Trash and Recycle:  Dumpster near the cg exit along with recycle bins (aluminum and plastic).

Site 14  Site 14 with D&T next door
Site 14 with D&T on site 12
Site 10  Site 10
Site 10

Beautiful Shenandoah River  Folks floating on the Shenandoah River
Shenandoah River                                    Floating on the river

Visitor Center at Shenandoah River SP  Koi pond outside VC
Visitor Center with koi pond in front
Bear cub display inside VC Display inside VC Hawk display at VC
Big display in the VC
Red Fox display at VC  Display at VC
Display at the VC

Hiking with D&T in the park  Gin at Culler's Overlook after a heavy rain
Great hiking trails in the park along with this view from Culler’s Overlook after a heavy rain
Culler's Overlook inside the SP  Culler's Overlook inside the SP
D&T at Culler’s Overlook

View from Dickey Ridege VC of Skyline Drive  View from an overlook on Skyline Drive
View from Dickey Ridge VC on Skyline Drive             View from an overlook on Skyline
View from an overlook on Skyline Drive  Overlook view on Skyline Drive
More gorgeous views from overlooks along Skyline Drive
Tricia capturing the view  View from an overlook
Tricia capturing the view from another overlook…   the mountains melting into the sky


  1. Beautiful State Park!!! Love that area of the country and The Sky Line Drive is really nice. Sorry to hear Gin hurt her knee and toe:o(( Get well soon!!!

  2. Give Gin a hug for us. We are so sorry she has knee and toe troubles. Bummer! This is a great review of one of our too expensive for us Virginia State Parks who never did give a discount to the people who pay state taxes to support them You are just up the road from our farm. It's in the foothills of the mountains at the end of the skyline drive on the east side. We could see humpback rocks on the Blue Ridge Parkway from our yard.

  3. Beautiful area. Tell Gin to heal quickly!