Looking for recommendations for a backpacking route in Shenandoah National Park. I am pretty sure we really can't go wrong, but I would like to pick a really great route. I have looked over some of the routes on the nps.gov site, but it didn't really help me narrow it down.
My friend and I are looking to hike in Shenandoah on Aug 10-14. We are looking to start backpacking on the 10th at around noon so the first day needs to be short.. maybe 3-5 miles. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days I would like to average 8-10 miles and the camping for the last night would ideally be very close to the ending point so we can make a quick and early exit on the 5th day.. So we are looking at about 28-35 miles. He is new to backpacking, so I want to keep it fun for him.
Does anyone have a good route recommendation that would fit with that? Is there anything that is a must hike? I am trying to give him a really awesome first experience. Any good waterfalls to play in?
I have all the necessary gear for backpacking for both of us. We only have one car so we would be using a shuttle service.