Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park

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A designated National Scenic Byway, Skyline Drive, runs 169 km (105 mi) along a mountain ridge and through valleys teeming with wildlife. Traverse it by car, by bicycle, or on horseback. There are over 70 spots where you can stop to snap photos and take in the views. Along the way, mileposts will guide you and help you locate points of interest. About halfway through, expect to see the largest developed area on the drive. You'll find campgrounds and hiking trails here. Remember, it's illegal to feed wildlife. Use our Shenandoah National Park vacation maker website to arrange your visit to Skyline Drive and other attractions in Shenandoah National Park.
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  • Beautiful drive through Virginia mountains. I kept thinking about Stonewall Jackson the whole trip, you can kind of see how he did what he did by knowing the topography better than the union.  more »
  • Excellent scenery, little traffic (by UK standards); as others have mentioned, some views from pullouts suffer from overgrown foliage, but get out of your car and go a few hundered yards (in some case...  more »
  • I thought our trip to Skyline Drive was ruined because it was rainy, foggy, even a bit icy. Little did I know, that the weather conditions just made the trip that much better. I had an incredible time...  more »

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Where to stay in Shenandoah National Park

All developed accommodation in Shenandoah National Park lies on or near Skyline Drive. The park offers one lodge, one resort, and one set of cabins, all of which a private concessionaire operates. With 179 rooms, rustic cabins, multi-unit lodges, and modern suites, Skyland Resort provides the most places to turn in for the night. You can also choose one of four campgrounds, all of which remain open through spring, summer, and fall. Of these, only Matthews Campground accepts reservations; if you plan to visit the park on a summer or fall weekend, arrive early at the other campgrounds to grab a site. Plenty of inns, bed and breakfasts, resorts, motels, and hotels surround the park. Stay in the nearby college town of Harrisonburg if you're looking for a lively nighttime setting.
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