Saturday, August 2, 2014

3 Days on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, VA

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Shenandoah National Park
After our stay at the Peaks of Otter Lodge, we traveled the Blue-Ridge Parkway to the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.  There is an entrance fee for Skyline Drive which is $15.00 and good for seven days.  The speed limit is only 35 miles per hour, because there is a lot of wildlife to see.  If you are lucky, you can see bear, deer, turkeys, rabbits and more as you drive along.  We have been lucky enough to see bear both times we have visited.

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A bear we spotted while driving Skyline Drive. (photo taken by my sister with  the zoom on)
We checked into Skyland Resort which was running a good promotion: Stay two nights and get one night free.  We stayed in the New Market Rooms.

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We had a GREAT view.

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View from our porch
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A little bunny would run by our porch each night

Each porch had two chairs.  Our room was a preferred room with air-conditioning.  Please note:  these rooms are really old, but nice and remember you are in nature, so you may want to bring some bug spray.  Our room had spiders and large ants.  The ants did not bite, but annoying.

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Porches
Our room was located diagonally from the Massanutten Lodge.  Which is Addie Pollock's restored bungalow.  There are tours offered everyday from 3 - 5 p.m.  We did not realize this until the last day and we got back to the resort to late for the tour :( - Next time.
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Massanutten Lodge
The path to the dining area was right across the street, but the path was very steep.  We drove there most of the time.

The first night we arrived there was a big thunderstorm that rolled in.


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The next morning we had reservations for horseback riding, which was located right on the property.  We had arrived early, so we drove around looking for bears.  We saw nothing.  We were then told that the trails were not safe to ride that morning due to storm last night, but we could come back at 12 p.m.  That worked out good, cause then we could hike to Stony Man.

We drove back to our room to get our backpacks and when I got out of the car, I saw a bear!    He was right near the path to the dining area and then traveled up the road past the Massanutten Lodge.
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Bear at Skyland Lodge
We then hiked the Stony Man Trail.  You can read about our past hike there, here.


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We then drove back to the Lodge for our horseback ride.  We had fun and nice staff.

During our stay, we drove along Skyline Drive.

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Mary's Rock Tunnel

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We continued to admire our view from our room.  We saw lightning bugs and one humming bird.

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Sunset 
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View of the Valley
We also were able to meet some friends of ours for the day.  We hiked Dark Hollow Falls. You can read about our past hike here.

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Dark Hollow Falls
We then ate lunch at Big Meadows Lodge.  We all enjoyed our meal here, and I loved the decor.

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Afterwards we all headed down to Luray Caverns, which I will write about in my next post.

We had a very nice, relaxing and adventurous stay on Skyline Drive.



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