Last summer I spent three separate weekends hiking in Shenandoah National Park with friends. I camped in Loft Mountain close to the southern end of the park, and at the lodges in the Big Meadows settlement. Entering the park on the northern end I drove along the Skyline Drive for a few hours until I reached the Loft Mountain campgrounds. Each night we tried find a good place to watch the sunset and have a few beverages. Our favorite place to experience this ritual was at the top of the Blackrock Summit trail. Unfortunately most of my own personal pictures are on my friend’s camera, which is not with my friend in college, but I have found a few from my phone and a few on the internet that will suffice. I enjoyed four nights this past summer with friends in this place, and that is why I have decided to discuss the processes that created this area in Shenandoah National Park. The Shenandoah National Park, and in particular the Skyline Drive, runs along the Blue Ridge Mountains (See Map of Skyline Drive and campgrounds on last page). The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Blue Ridge geomorphic province, and this landscape’s feature is described as the Appalachian Ridge and Valley (USGS, 2000). As I could see by looking at the dip of the rock in the mountains while I was driving along Skyline Drive and hiking to waterfalls (see Left), this province is defined by anticlines and synclines, which are large masses of folded rock that were created by the collision of North America and Africa. (Lecture, 2010) I could see the defining characteristic of the curving dip showing the up warps and down warps of the anticlines and synclines that indicate the ancient continental collision. As the continents later broke apart after the collision, there was some volcanism and uplift that caused an increase in topography, but over time the loose gravel and sand eroded away to leave what is now visible (Thornberry, 2005). The Shenandoah River...