As you go west from the Potomac River, some of the state’s most beautiful landscapes appears in the Shenandoah Valley. This is God’s country. It explodes in wildflowers in the spring and summer. Autumn in the valley leads to the display of a flaming red and orange carpet of leaves. Winter in Shenandoah National Park is a stark and beautiful landscape of white solitude.
The valley is the home of the wild turkey, the bobcat and the wild bear, among other creatures. You may spot them if you take one of the 400 miles of hiking trails that blaze through the national park. Also keep an eye out for the tracks of rabbits, mice, and foxes. Many species of birds, like woodpeckers, nuthatches and chickadees can be spotted in the winter, foraging for bugs.