Oh what a wonderful place.... FOR TOURISTS.
The Shenandoahs is one of our last stops through Virginia. It is like the rest of Virginia (a green tunnel) so of course we a flying through. The Shenandoah Valley is so crowded with tourists it is as if the animals here are numb to humans. I've seen at least five bears and countless deer. Not to worry though the bears are practically harmless. You really have to instigate the bears if there is going to be an attack. Also, I've never seen deer just let you walk with in inches of them before stepping back.
There is a famous part of the trail in Virginia titled "The Roller-coaster". Apparently this is supposed to be one of the hardest parts of the trail just going straight to the top and right back into the valley of thirteen "hills" for 13.5 miles. Many say it is the hardest part because the state of Virginia is flat and "The Roller-coaster" is where we start to see hills again. Both are over-hyped and in my opinion just some joke that previous thru-hikers have made up. Once you finish the torturous(sarcasm of course) roller-coaster you find yourself walking into 1000 miles and right into West Virginia.. Finally.