Skyline Drive is a beautiful 105-mile drive that runs north and south along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The mountaintop highway offers 75 scenic overlooks with amazing views. You will want to make sure you have a full battery on your camera or phone for this drive. There is a $20 entrance fee for vehicles and a $10 fee for an individual (on foot or on a bike). You will get a map with the points of interest. There are mile markers along Skyline Drive so you will know where you are on the map.
The speed limit is 35!!
It is the perfect speed to put those windows down enjoy the weather. You will also want to watch for wildlife! You could see deer, black bears or wild turkeys.
Make sure you can fit under Mary’s Rock Tunnel!
The clearance is 12′ 8″. There is a scenic overlook by the tunnel. Just be careful trying to get the perfect picture of the tunnel. It can be pretty busy in that area.
Skyline Drive will be very busy during October for fall foliage.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park has 516 miles of hiking trails.They are rated easy, moderate, and strenuous in the National Park Guide. If you are bringing your fur-baby or fur-babies, some trails do not allow pets. The list of trails that do not allow pets can be found on http://www.nps.gov/shen
While hiking the trails or at one of the visitor centers, you might run into an Appalachian Trail (A.T.) thru-hiker.
They are hiking the 2,190 miles from Georgia to Maine. Please be kind and offer them some food or drinks. If you are feeling generous, get them a room for the night. I’m sure they would enjoy a nice shower and a bed to sleep in. Learn more about the A.T. here.
The park also has 201 miles of horseback riding trails. You can go rock climbing, backpacking, bird watching, and fishing.
They have campgrounds and a few lodging options. There are local restaurants as well.
Plan a weekend or a day trip! Get out there and enjoy the scenery!
Until next time, safe travels