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Shenandoah Mountain


Elevation: 2875 ft.

At an approximate elevation of 3500 feet, this mountaintop summit is a wonderful site for hawk-watching in the fall. It also bears historical significance as one of Virginia’s preserved Civil War battlefields and offers a walking tour with interpretive signage along the Confederate Breastworks on Shenandoah Mountain.  The scenic views from an open vista along this county-line mountain peak attract most travelers along US 250. The Shenandoah Mountain Trail, marked with blazes, runs north and south along the crest of the mountain. Hiking trails also lead down to the Ramsey’s Draft Wilderness where there are numerous opportunities for wildlife-watching.

Note: These trails are well marked and well maintained but can be steep and narrow.


From I-81: Exit 225 and travel west on the State Route 275 Bypass for 5 miles. Turn right onto US 250 and drive for 22 miles to the Confederate Breastworks Trailhead located on top of Shenandoah Mountain.

To return to I-81, return to US 250 East and follow it back to I-81. Alternatively, take US 250 West and begin the Little Switzerland Loop.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: U.S. Forest Service, North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187,
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Shenandoah Mountain (as reported to eBird)

  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Wood Thrush
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Ovenbird
  • Black-and-white Warbler

Seasonal Bird Observations


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