Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park

#1 of 317 in Outdoors in Virginia
Must see · Water Body · Scenic Drive
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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  • We need to go back and drive the entire drive. The atmosphere is serene and the beauty is all around you! We entered in Virginia and only made it 1/2 way until we had to exit due to our late arrival.....  more »
  • We entered Skyline Drive in Virgina and stopped at many scenic spots along the way. Beautiful views of distant blue hazed mountains. There are several stops to picnic.  more »
  • We started the drive from the Norh at Front Royal and stopped at the Visitors Center. We spoke to a Ranger and she gave us advice of where to stop and where to hike with our Service Animals. She...  more »
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  • Had a wonderful experience during this fall. The entire skyline had gifted us more than imagined. We stopped at the overlook points to catch the glimpses of the entire valley from various angles. Apart from that the drive was very scenic with the trees hugging and intersecting each other above the ground was gorgeous to see. One can’t think more than stopping at such spots and click several pictures .
  • We struggled a little bit following directions to the Front Royal entrance, but we finally got it. We started our hike around 7am. It was absolutely gorgeous and the weather was perfect. I highly suggest hitting the trails before or around 7am, as it gets very crowded around 9am (we went in September, so that probably also plays a factor).
  • Visited my first National Park at Skyline Drive and it was absolutely breath taking. If I lived closer I would totally purchase a pass to be able to visit more frequently. I can’t wait to go back!
  • Skyline drive alone is a long windy road with many overlooks to park your car and enjoy the scenery. If you’re into hiking, there a subtle parking lots as you drive by which lead to various trails with easy to harder difficulty. If this sounds appealing to you, I would recommend getting an annual pass and you will still find something new to do every time you visit.

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