Thursday, June 13, 2013

Points of Interest along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park


Driving Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park, VA
Shenandoah National Park
Here is a list of the Points of Interests along the Skyline Drive.  This list will start with Mile Post 0 in Front Royal, VA and end at the beginning of the Blueridge Parkway.  If you would like to download a free driving map of the Skyline Drive from the National Park Service, click here.  Also, you can get a free Directory & Travel Planner from www.blueridgeparkway.org  It has descriptions of the mile posts and surrounding areas, pictures and a maps of the Skyline Drive and Blueridge Parkway and just a lot of useful information.  For me, it was must for this vacation and beside me at all times :)

  Mile Post
  • 0 - Entrance to Skyline Drive from Front Royal
  • 2 - Shenandoah Valley Overlook
  • 4 - Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (restrooms)
  • 6 - Gooney Run Overlook
  • 17 - Range View Overlook
  • 21 - Hogback Overlook - Here you can see 11 bends of the Shenandoah River on a clear day
  • 22 - Mathews Arm Campground
  • 24 - Elkwallow, Picnic Grounds (restrooms)
  • 28 - Beahms Gap - Access to the Appalachian Trail
  • 31 - Panorama Junction West - Another Entrance to the Park
  • 32 - Mary's Rock Tunnel
  • 36 - Pinnacles  - Picnic Area (restrooms)
  • 38 - Stony Man Peak
  • 39 - Little Stony Man Cliffs - Round trip hike .9 miles. (you can also access the Appalachian Trail here)
  • 41 - Entrance to Skyland Resort Area (restrooms, lodging, horseback riding and dining) - Check out our posts on Skyland for our adventure
  • 43 - Limberlost Trail - Read about our experience hiking this trail here
  • 44 - Crescent Rock Overlook - trail to Betty's Rock, .6 mile round trip
  • 45 - Hawksbill Gap Parking Area
  • 50 - Dark Hollow Falls - Hike down to the falls - Read about our experience here.
  • 51 - Big Meadows Resort Area - Lodging, Dining, Restrooms
  • 56 - Bearfence Mountain Summit - Trail 0.8 mile round trip with a 360 degree view - Can be difficult
  • 57 - Lewis Mountain - Campground and Cabins
  • 62 - South River - Picnic Area - 2.5 mile round trip hike to South River Falls
  • 65 - Another Entrance to Skyline Drive
  • 66 - Hightop Mountain Parking
  • 67 - Swift Run Overlook
  • 73 - Simmons Gap Ranger Station
  • 78 - Rockytop Overlook
  • 79 - Loft Mountain - (gift shop, gas, dining, restrooms)
  • 81 - Doyles River Trail - 2.7 mile round trip hike to the upper falls
  • 84 - Jones Run - 3.6 mile round trip hike to 42 foot Jones Run Falls
  • 84 - Blackrock Summit Parking - One mile hike to Blackrock
  • 94 - Turk Gap Parking Area
  • 98 - Calf Mountain Overlook
  • 104 - Another Entrance to Skyline Drive
  • 105 - Exit to the Blueridge Parkway
Take your time, relax, pay attention to your surroundings and get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your family.

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