Shenandoah National Park has several waysides that are close to the trail. These can be oasises for hungry hikers. Some people actually carry less food going through the park to hit up the 4 waysides. The timing worked out really well for Nooga, Bandana and I to hit 2 of them for lunch on separate days. Basically waysides are tourist traps for motorists on Skyline Drive with gift shops, expensive candy and a grill. The grill is what draws the hikers and the re-supply options. We stopped at Big Meadows wayside and they had camping and a lodge. We were able to get cell reception at the lodge, take showers and do laundry. More dreams coming true! We sat down at a restaurant for lunch and ordered pizza for supper before hiking 4 more miles.
This is the way to hike through the Shenandoahs – by taking in the waysides. We did
13-15 miles each day and took long breaks from the heat in the middle at the waysides. We were still doing some miles, but we enjoyed it as we went.
The waysides are also known for their blackberry shakes. I limited myself to 1 as they were expensive. And you may know how much I love ice cream…so this was difficult. My frugality won out. Most things were quite expensive. They also had trash cans and real toilets! YEAH! I am glad I’ve had people to hike with through this area so I can enjoy these detours.