Autumn at the Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park is located in the Appalachian Mountains, and its mountains are covered with forests, waterfalls, and beautiful trails.
The word Shenandoah comes from an indigenous name that the ancient settlers gave to this wonderful region and means “Beautiful Daughter of the Stars.” Today I want you to accompany me to travel through one of the most striking seasons: autumn.
This national park was established in 1,935 and is visited annually by 1.4 million people. It is located in Virginia, just an hour and a half from Washington, DC.
Its history is as amazing as the park itself. The purchase of the land took several years, during which the federal government bought more than 1,000 lots and had to relocate almost 500 families. Many of its inhabitants did not want to abandon their plots and lived there until their death. Even their remains rest in cemeteries located within the park.
Many of the acquired lands were dedicated to agriculture and livestock, and only with the passage of time was the forest regaining its land.