The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.

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Expert Review of Skyline Drive

Parks and Outdoors Review of Skyline Drive

Away Travel Expert: Paul Elliott
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking,Horseback Riding,Scenic Drives
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Skyline Drive is both a 105-mile-long attraction and also the key to exploring Shenandoah National Park through providing access to hiking and horse trails, vista-rich overlooks, lodges, campgrounds, and adventure.
  • Take your time and be prepared when traveling on Skyline, which has only two traffic lanes, few amenities, occasional heavy traffic, and a 35 mph speed limit—but 75 overlooks.
  • Among the best overlooks are Hogback (mile 20.8 from the park's northern entrance), Crescent Rock (mile 44.4), Spitler Knoll (mile 48.1), Big Run (mile 81.2), and Calf Mountain (mile 98.9).


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