Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park: Address, Phone Number, Skyline Drive Reviews: 4.5/5

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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Grover R
Pensacola, FL15,204 contributions
May 2021
Lots of National Parks have scenic drives but I don't know of another park where that drive is such an important and integral part of the park. It probably is 80% of the roadways within Shenandoah National Park and it is the dominant attraction from end to end. Every overlook and hike we made came off this road which really makes this road a great leveler for every person who visits Shenandoah. You may be the most fit hiker that hikes every trail, but your experience will be very similar to the experience for the old, young and less mobile because this drive offers many of the same experiences.

The road goes from end to end but what will be most celebrated are the ridgeline views you get as you wind close to the summits. The dozens of overlooks on each side are amazing. Additionally, you don't have to hike anything to see amazing views and wildlife as we saw all of that from this road and at 35 MPH you can really see and experience all of it.

Our visit in May was simply amazing with the amount and variety of wildflowers. While I am sure the leaf change in fall is incredible, I can not fully describe how beautiful spring is as you wind along the road. Also realize while the valleys and hillsides may experience Spring in March and April, the ridges of Skyline will not experience it until May so our trip was great timing. Finally, each view of the valley and the mountains is different and this road offers some awesome views of sunset. Be sure to schedule a time to experience those as well for just another wonder on this amazing scenic road of the National Park system.
Written June 2, 2021
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Saint Joseph, MI69 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
As with many Americans, my wife and I love exploring the outdoors and time with each other. Shenandoah National Park offered spectacular views, where even in late fall there were colors still be be enjoyed. We took a two-hour hike in the woods taking in beautiful mountain streams and waterfalls, and of course the breath-taking vistas along the road.

However, we were extremely disappointed with the limited services of the Visitor’s Center. While staff were extremely helpful and friendly, it was as if we had been transported back to March 2020. Even with COVID measures in place such mandatory face masks, the displays and movie were closed citing health concerns and in support of “reducing the spread” of the virus.

Seriously??? CDC has confirmed COVID does not exist on surfaces, and if people are still uncomfortable being in closer proximity of other while watching a short educational film, they can skip it, rather than eliminating the experience for everyone else.

Let’s get back to living folks!
Written November 6, 2021
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Columbus, OH99 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Beautiful! Breathtaking views at every turn! We set aside one day to take the drive, so we did not do many of the sights, trails, etcetera. The entrance fee ($30 a car) gives you 7 days unlimited use. Our first trip to Shenandoah National Park and we loved it! Would love to come back to hike to some falls and maybe camp. The Skyland visitors center parking lot was being repaved and no room for anyone else to park, so we weren't able to stop there. Seemed busy enough for a weekday, but not overly crowded at all.
Written June 28, 2021
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Rudy Younger
Hyde Park, NY4 contributions
Apr 2021
My son and I spent 5 hours driving and hiking on and off of Sky Line Drive on Sunday, April 25th. While the views, park design and pretty much everything else was excellent, our precious time together was almost ruined by the 100 or so young motor heads who were marauding though the park in their low, high end sports cars. They were not there to hike or site see but rather to be as loud, obnoxious, intimidating and unsafe as possible: tail gating, speeding, laying rubber, passing in non passing zones. There was not a park ranger in site so they were free to just do their unrelenting marauding through the north section of the park. I called Shenendoah NP about this - left a very terse and specific voice message with them asking them to call me back and also e-mailed but I was ignored on both fronts. I'm shocked that they let them in in the first place, stunned there was no ranger presence and shocked that they ignored my contacts. Wow how so very disappointed!!!!
Written May 3, 2021
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kevan j
Norman, OK849 contributions
Sep 2021
We drove the entire Skyline Drive from south to north, stopping at a few of the overlooks. This is definitely one of the most scenic drives I've taken as we've driven across this land. I could have sat for a long time at each overlook and taken in the beauty and the peacefulness--we actually saw several people doing just that. We enjoyed the drive very much and would highly recommend this scenic drive. I wish we had had the time to do some of the hikes as there appear to be several that are not too difficult, but which are quite spectacular. I did note several things.

1. While almost all of the overlooks are AMAZING, if you try to stop at too many of them they start to look the same. It also slows down your visit. I would suggest stopping periodically to get different views. There are several "lists of suggested overlooks" on line. We stopped at about 10 overlooks and spent considerable time enjoying each one.

2. Be sure when you visit to make sure the air quality is good. The air quality when we visited was poor...I imagine the views would have been much more spectacular if we had come on a different day.

3. We found the that the southern half of the drive was slightly more enjoyable than the northern half. The views were also slightly better. If it hadn't been our goal to do the whole 105 mile drive, we might have considered turning out at one of the two intermediate entrance stations. This might also help if your time to spend in the park is limited.
Written October 8, 2021
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Gayle E
Orlando, FL1,203 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is part of the National Park so fees apply but the picture opportunities are endless. Lots of pull out places to stop with great overlooks. Some facilities along the way. The back road is under construction so slow going but you just have more time to view the mountains.
Written September 29, 2021
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Colleen C
Troy, NY1,767 contributions
Jul 2021
We took a detour from the coast of North Carolina to go to Upstate NY just to be able to drive through Shenandoah on this Drive. Everywhere I looked for the top things to do in this National Park Skyline Drive was always in the top 3 and I know why ~ beautiful!.
You can enter Shenandoah in 4 different entrances that will lead you right onto Skyline Drive. We caught the Drive on the second entrance in the southern tip (Swift Run Gap) and drove right to the northern tip.

Wish we had time to actually hike a bit but just to be able to drive through was awe inspiring and we were able to stop at the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center Small but cute. Restaurants was in a build right next door.

I can see this park being VERY busy during the fall month when the leaf foliage is in it's peak!
Written August 4, 2021
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Arthur G
Endicott, NY592 contributions
Jun 2020
Take your time! Plenty of overlooks, fresh air and beautiful scenery. The entry fee is $30, but an America the Beautiful pass gets you in for free. Lots of folks out bicycling up and down the hills. Make sure you have your camera.
Written June 27, 2020
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Chadds Ford, PA223 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Having Skyline Drive and the overlooks is a beautiful manner in which to experience a natural wonder. You can spend many hours or days along the drive or you can spend a few hours. It all depends on what you want to get out of the experience. Therefore, the best thing you can do is some planning before undertaking the drive.
The drive can be broken down into 3 segments. There are multiple, multiple outlooks. Go on line and see what some of best outlooks are for the segment you are traveling and mark these on the physical map. The physical map is very helpful to have the passenger read from because it's not as easy to see on a phone screen. Same thing with any hikes you would like to take. Investigate them ahead of time and take enough water with you.
If you are active military or a veteran with ID showing that status, you will not be charged the car entrance fee.
Written June 25, 2021
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Fort Atkinson1,015 contributions
Oct 2021
The park service does a wonderful job maintaining and highlighting this "great American drive". When we visited they were improving the surface at one point, even though it did appear to need it, so you drive on a very curvy, but very smooth road. There are many, dozens, or turnouts and viewpoints, each worth stopping at. Many have interpretive signs about the park, the road, or the area. The turnouts also let you pull over when another driver is imagining Le Mans in their SUV. I don't know if anyone ever drives the full length of the road, simply because there are so many places to eat or picnic, hike, or take pictures along the way. The road is mentioned in all park literature and any guidebook you read in preparation. Even with all that, it lives up to the hype.
Written November 4, 2021
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