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Skyline Drive

Skyline1 Photo, Massanutten, Virginia

Skyline Drive is a scenic route that takes you through Shenandoah National Park on a 102-mile road of the most beautiful scenery you could ever imagine. It starts at Waynesboro to the south and continues to Front Royal on the north end. There are two entry points near Elkton and Luray.

Skyline Drive traverses the mountains that make up the eastern border of the Appalachians. There are numerous overlooks on either side of the road to take in the scenery and say "wow" a couple hundred times. There are so many picturesque settings, it's hard not to take pictures at every turn. There are trails and picnic areas at very many points all along the road.

If you would like to see the waterfall that is often featured on the postcards you can buy, you want to stop at Dark Hollow Falls, which is right near Big Meadows, a major stopping, shopping, eating, camping, and resting spot. The trek to the falls is only 3/5 of a mile. It is a bit strenuous and is not recommended for small children. We made that mistake, and it was really difficult going. Three-fifths of a mile is a lot more difficult when hiking the side of a mountain!

If scenery and twisty, turning drives are fun to you, then Skyline Drive will be the pinnacle of that experience. The fall foliage is near its peak around October 8, which adds even more to the natural beauty. And don't be surprised to see deer, wild turkey, and the occasional chipmunk—and maybe even a bear on rare occasions.

If you are in the area for only a week or so, admission for the week to the park and Skyline Drive is $10. And wow, is it worth it!

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