To your right, if visibility permits, you can see the parallel ridges of Massanutten Mountain and other mountains beyond. Compare those long straight ridges with the ragged, jumbled look of the Blue Ridge Mountains in front of you. Different geologic origins create the contrast.
The Blue Ridge, Massanutten, and mountains to the west are all part of a larger mountain system, the Appalachians, which dominates the Eastern United States from Maine to Georgia. Here in Virginia, the Blue Ridge is the easternmost range of the Appalachians.
The mountains of Shenandoah National Park contain some of North America's oldest rock formations and are home to more plant species than all of Europe, including 100 tree and more than 900 wildflower species.
Scene to your right, Massanutten and other mountains to the west