Shenandoah National Park / Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park and it's scenic road follows the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Front Royal, VA to Waynesboro, VA. The Shenandoah Valley Bed and Breakfasts, Inns, and Lodgings are the perfect home base when exploring the Shenandoah National Park. Your innkeepers can help you on your journey and recommend places to visit in the park.
Skyline drive is 105 miles of scenery with 75 overlooks, mile post markers to make your journey easy and plenty of parking to hike the 500 miles of trails. The southern end of Skyline Drive joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which runs over 460 miles to the Great Smoky Mountains. A seven day pass for Shenandoah National Parks is a value at $15/Car and if you are going to be longer a year long pass is only $30/car! The speed limit is 35 MPH for good reason. There are plenty of wild animals crossing and bicyclists using the road. Please be careful. Dogs/pets must be leashed and there are areas that no pets are allowed.
The views of the Shenandoah Valley are spectacular from the overlooks but for some not-soon-to-be-forgotten views get out and hike some of the trails. The trails range from a simple walk to very strenuous. On a recent hike we came across deer feeding, black snakes, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, an indigo bunting and even a black bear crossing the trail ahead of us. Take plenty of water and some snacks. Ask your innkeeper for possible places to get a picnic before going to the park. There are plenty of places to enjoy a meal among natures beauty
Currier & Ives, Valley of the Shenandoah, c1864; Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov)
Get to Know the Shenandoah Valley
Enjoy your stay in the Shenandoah Valley by becoming more familiar with the history and people of the Shenandoah Valley.