Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park

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Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Skyline Drive in the Fall Oct 24, 2014
Skyline Drive gets quite crowded in October with people flocking to see the changing autumn colors. It's just one of those things that everyone in the Washington area does as an excuse to head out of town, since the northern entrance to Shenandoah National Park at Front Royal is a straight shot down Route 66 from DC. The many motorists who can't seem to figure out how to park at the scenic pullovers and the constant gnats buzzing around your head get annoying but the views of the Shenandoah Valley are brilliant. The entrance fee is $15 and is good for seven days.

My intention was to meander along the roadway for a few hours to take photographs but a storm front rolled in early and cut short my plans. This was the tail end of a nor'easter battering the New England states that was wrapping back towards the Atlantic. I've always enjoyed watching storms approach so the day trip wasn't a total wash out. Skyline Drive is worth the ride over despite the crowds and the fickle mountain weather.
Day trip time
Shenandoah Valley
The gnats get annoying
View from the Dickey Ridge Visitor…
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spocklogic says:
Skyline drive in the autumn is quite pleasant! Some claim New England has the best fall foliage, and I have seen that too, but Virginia in the Shenandoah is on an equal viewing pleasure I must say.
Posted on: Oct 26, 2014
cotton_foam says:
Shenandoah National Park is one of the Nat'l Parks I would like to visit one day...
Posted on: Oct 24, 2014
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Andy99 Andy99
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Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park Sep 03, 2005
Skyline Drive is a scenic highway along the length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It is one of the best known features of the park. It runs 105 miles (175 km) along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains offering beautiful vistas of the mountains and valleys below. Sometimes the view is hazy—hence the name Blue Ridge Mountains. But on a clear day, the views are spectacular! The New Deal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed Skyline Drive during the 1930s. The original stone facings are still present on the roadway and continue to blend the road in with the natural surroundings.

Visitors can drive all or part of the scenic highway as a road trip. Hikers and campers can use the drive as an entry point to their outdoor activities. Numerous scenic overlooks, two visitor centers, two full service lodges (Skyand and Big Meadows) for overnight stays, as well as campgrounds, picnic areas, and parking areas for the hiking trails are found along the drive. Services, camp stores, and snack bars are available at three points. Hiking trails range in difficulty from those for full dayhikes or backcountry backpacking treks to trails that are weelchair accessible enabling everyone to enjoy the outdoors. The drive is especially popular in October for observing fall colors.

At the southern end, Skyline Drive connects with the Blue Ride Parkway, continuing on into North Carolina. Skyline Drive can be entered at the northern end from US Highway 340 at Front Royal, VA, and at the southern end at US Highway 64. There are also two additional entry points, at US Highway 211 near Luray, VA, and at US Highway 33. A trip along Skyline Drive will acquaint you with the natural features and beauty of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Admission to Shenandoah National Park is $15.00 per car.
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center
View from Dickey Ridge Visitor Cen…
View from Gooney Run Overlook
Mary's Rock Tunnel on Skyline Drive
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Africancrab says:
We are contemplating doing this sometime in the next few weeks.
Posted on: Jun 21, 2012
alyssa_ob says:
105 miles! No wonder it took me so long to drive through the park!
Posted on: Sep 12, 2009
missandrea81 says:
Very nice review and beautiful pictures!
Posted on: Jul 24, 2008

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