Shenandoah National Park was established in 1936 in part to create a "nature" national park in the east, that would be within a day's drive of millions of people, and to provide a natural refuge with cool, dry air for city dwellers in the humid summer months along the Atlantic Coast. President Hoover also found refuge in a cabin he had built on the Rapidan. The controversial thing about Shenandoah is that thousands of people had to be removed from their homes on the Blue Ridge for the park to be created.
At a glance, Shenandoah is basically two things: big hills and trees. The Skyline Drive, the main attraction in the park, winds through the mountains and woods, revealing frequent overlooks of the surrounding countryside on the Piedmont.