Skyline Drive
Skyline Drive
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105-mile Scenic Drive Built In The 1930's Goes Through The Entire Length Of The Park.
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Joseph P
Barboursville, WV9 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
I spent a good 3-4 hours just slowly driving the 35 mph on Skyline drive one day. It's one the greatest engineering feats I've ever seen. Well worth $30. There's so many spots to pull off and just be amazed by the views. There's even a gas station at one part I passed in case you need it with a visitor center nearby. I was by myself but I want to bring my family sometime in the future. Beware in winter they close it sometimes due to weather.
Written 29 January 2023
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL635 contributions
Nov 2022
I wish we had had time to stop along the way more. We got on the Skyline Drive around Luray and headed south. It was getting late and we stoped several times, but it was the sunset that was so amazing from up on the drive that was so spectacular.
Written 16 December 2022
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,444 contributions
Nov 2022
Shenandoah is the only major National Park I got to this year. We went in mid-November, after the fall colors and before the snow rolled in. Even with minimal leaves on the trees, the drive from the south entrance to the Harry F Byrd Visitor Center was excellent. We stopped at the majority of the pull-offs for pictures as my partner and I are avid photographers. We had a blast.

Be aware that some of the places are closed this time of year and bathrooms are a bit hard to come by. The Byrd Visitor Center was nice with a great view across Big Meadow. The bookstore was good, but also go to Big Meadows Wayside by the gas station, which has different items than the visitor center. There wasn't a great place to get a picture of an entrance sign. I got an ok shot of the sign at the Swift Run Gap entrance. The good sign appears to be at the north entrance, but we did not make it up that far.

On the plus side, traffic was very light since it is the off-season. It was very windy and cold. Hiking wasn't on the menu that day. We'll have to get back there in the summer sometime and hit some or the waterfall trails.

We had a great time though. I love a National Park.
Written 17 November 2022
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danamc01
Branchville, SC646 contributions
Apr 2022
I gave this an average review but only because of the season we went. I can see that in a season other than winter it would be amazing. We went in early April and it was winter still there. Even had a little snow. The overlooks were very pretty and we also saw lots of deer, The store was open and the employees were nice. There was no fee on the day we went.
Written 11 November 2022
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Maltipoo16
New York924 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Beautiful drive with so many beautiful places to pull off and enjoy the view. Lots of trailheads and parking along the ride, and it stretches a long ways. Definitely a must see for all nature and National Park lovers!
Written 7 November 2022
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Hanoh T
Netanya, Israel68 contributions
Oct 2022
The northern part of the blue ridge parkway and the only part that has a passing fee of 30$. Be aware that in the morning it is a limited visibility to the east side.
Written 1 November 2022
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HTamari
Netanya, Israel59 contributions
Oct 2022
It is a nice road. I didn't understand why they charge 30$ for it when the blue ridge parkway at the south end has just the same views.
Written 31 October 2022
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csserious2
Chantilly, VA779 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Every year in September and October, throngs of visitors from DC metro and other states come to the Skyline drive for enjoying the fabulous fall colors. The peak would be last week of October for most years. Expect a big line at the entrance as money changes hands for the parking fee to be given to Uncle Sam. The fees have gone up a lot in the last 10 years. The drive, few hours long, rewards the visitors with red, crimson, gold, yellow, violet, pink, did I miss any other, colored leaves straight out of a giant dreamlike poster photograph. There are turnouts where one can stop and take as many pictures as one likes with an iphone or the most expensive DSLR available. Whats more, if you are ready to drive further south, Blue Ridge Parkway awaits with even more majestic views. Oh yes, there are restaurants on the way, so taking a break is easy too. Shenandoah mountain in Fall is rated a top attraction in the entire region. If you are going on weekends in October, arrive very early, as we were turned back by the rangers going around noon.
Written 28 October 2022
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LnS2004
Cypress, CA6,087 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We came from California to admire the beautiful Autumn foliage colors. From DC, we rented a car to drive here in search of leaves turning to brilliant yellow, brown or red shades. After two hours or so of leisurely drive, we reached the park entrance. In 2014 we took a more southerly route through Charlottesville. A $20 purchase of an annual senior pass served as admission. What a deal! The ranger suggested several scenic overlook spots. While there were many individual trees turning bright yellow, amber and red color, we hardly found large collage of fall color en masse. Perhaps we were here a bit too early. We managed to capture on our cameras the few we could find to memorialize this trip. Because of our time limit we actually covered only a very small portion of the park. Still a calming way to appreciate this enchanting natural phenomenon.
Written 24 October 2022
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RoadForks
Virginia188 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
Every few years we like to spend the day on Skyline Drive especially in October when the leaves are changing. It makes for an absolutely beautiful and peaceful day among nature with It's lovely trees, fresh mountain air and the wonderful wildlife. October is a great time to be able to spot the bears when they are out, fattening themselves up before hibernation.

There are many overlooks to stop at, hiking trails, waterfalls, camping grounds and picnic areas. It is crowed during weekends and during October. We waited in traffic for an hour just to get into the park but once your in the traffic isn't too bad.

Helpful tips & information:

* Start with a full tank of gas. Gas stations are very limited along the parkway.

*Bring your camera.

*Use the map you get when entering. It points out places such as public bathrooms, overlooks, hiking trails and restaurants.

*Purchase your park pass online. It will make your entrance into the park much faster, bypassing all those who have to stop and pay to enter!

*Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Written 24 October 2022
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