Hiking & Backpacking
Climb every mountain.
Christendom College's location is rich not only in history, but also in beauty. The campus has several sylvan trails with dramatic views of the Shenandoah River. The nearby National Parks also provide a myriad of trails for both students and visitors.
- Shenandoah National Park (Skyline Drive)
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Many trails are accessed from Skyline Drive. Some short trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; longer and more difficult trails penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness. The park is also home to Old Rag, a favorite summit of Christendom students.
Click here for a list of printable (Adobe PDF format) hiking maps.
With such an abundance of trail options you will certainly be able to find something to fit your interest and ability. Maps have suggested ability descriptors. Whenever you hike be sure to wear sturdy shoes and take plenty of water.
- George Washington National Forest
Located just 30 min. from Christendom College George Washington National Forest has approximately 2,000 miles of hiking trails. The internationally famous Appalachian National Scenic Trail extends for more than 330 miles across both Forests. In addition, there are 10 National Recreation Trails covering nearly 160 miles.
- Shenandoah River State Park – Andy Guest National Park
Just 10 miles from Christendom's campus the park has 13 miles of hiking trails, six of which are multi-use. The park is 1,604 acres with 5.6 miles of river frontage along the south fork of the Shenandoah River. The rolling, mountainous land features steep slopes and is mostly wooded. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic vistas overlooking Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east.
*N.B. This is not an official program of Christendom College.