MariAnne Woehrle sent in a great suggestion for a Thing To Do in the Shenandoah Valley: climb the Woodstock Tower. I hadn’t heard of it until she suggested it, so thanks for the tip!
The Forest Service website has some basic information:
Standing sentinel over the far flung northern ranges of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, this tower, located on one of the highest peaks of the Massanutten Range reveals, from its elevation of 2000 feet, an expansive panorama of Northern Virginia.
In every direction you can see forests, towns and mountain ranges, the seven bends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, and acres of national forest lands.
According to HikingUpward.com, “The hike up to Woodstock Tower is an easy 2.0 mile out/back walk suitable for most people, and the 360° panoramic view from the top of the tower is one of the best in the Massanutten range. The views west are of the north fork of the Shenandoah River, and to the east you look back through Woodstock Gap to the Shenandoah National Park.”
And, Michelle at VirginiaWind.com shares an account of a hike up to the top here:
When most people think of spectacular mountain views in Virginia, they immediately think of Skyline Drive. However, for those of us willing to take the road less traveled (and put in a little extra footwork), a view that rivals any you would see elsewhere in Virginia awaits you at Woodstock Tower, in the George Washington National Forest located in Woodstock, VA. Like most trips, the joy is more than the mere destination. It is the entire journey and the road to Woodstock Tower is no exception. [Full post]
There’s even a hang-glider launch point!