The road to Reddish Knob is a scenic drive.
Shenandoah Mountain offers a wide array of recreational opportunities ranging from mountain biking to birding. Although there are plenty of roads and trails for access, this area offers some of the best opportunities in Virginia to go deep into the forest and be several miles from a road. National Scenic Area designation would protect the following recreational opportunities:
- Scenic drives Although relatively unfragmented by roads, the Shenandoah Mountain area has a sufficient network of roads for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the mountains by automobile. A drive to Reddish Knob offers spectacular views of the Allegheny Mountains in Virginia and West Virginia, as well as the Valley below. It may be the best place in the mountains of Virginia to view a sunrise or sunset. In contrast a drive along Forest Road 95 offers close views of the North River tumbling out of the mountains with numerous roadside campsites readily available for an overnight stay in the forest. Forest Roads 85 and 101 provide interior access as well as roadside views.
- Hiking/Backpacking Virginia’s Shenandoah Mountain between Rt. 250 and Rt. 33 offers a network of 150 miles of trails that appeal to all levels of hikers from those who want challenging, long trails to those who prefer a short stroll in the forest. See Short Hikes on Shenandoah Mountain. The Shenandoah Mountain area is large enough that a backpacker can walk several days without crossing a road. Opportunities for this type of remote backcountry recreation are rare in the eastern United States. Two trails of particular significance are:
- Shenandoah Mountain Trail – a ridgeline trail that is part of the new shared-use Great Eastern Trail (New York to Florida)
- Mountain Biking A November 16, 2001, Washington Post article by Jeb Tilly describes the Little River area as the best mountain biking in the state with “world-class downhills.” All trails in the Shenandoah Mountain area are open to mountain biking except for those in Wilderness areas. The proposed Wilderness area boundaries were drawn carefully to keep popular trails accessible to mountain bikers.