Where is the beginning of Skyline Drive VA?

The drive starts at Milepost 105 at the southern end of the park and the numbers go down as you travel north. Skyline Drive’s proximity to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge (approximately 3 hours) also makes it a fun adventure and experience to add on to your Blue Ridge Mountain getaway.

Which entrance is best for Shenandoah National Park?

Enter Shenandoah National Park at the Thornton Gap Entrance, and head south toward Skyland and Big Meadows. While the Front Royal entrance is a little closer to DC, this entrance leads to our favorite part of the park.

Where are the best views on Skyline Drive?

Top 5 Best Overlooks on the Skyline Drive

  • Range View Overlook. This overlook, at mile 17.1, offers a view down the length of the Blue Ridge to Stony Man Mountain.
  • Hogback Overlook. I like this overlook because it is the longest in the park.
  • Spitler Knoll Overlook.
  • Big Run Overlook.
  • Crimora Lake Overlook.

Is Skyline Drive the same as Blue Ridge Parkway?

What is the difference between the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway? The Skyline Drive is the 105 mile scenic road through Shenandoah National Park. At Afton Mountain in Virginia, the Skyline Drive heads north while the Blue Ridge Parkway heads south. Why is the Blue Ridge “blue”?

Why is Skyline Drive closed?

UPDATE: The Skyline Drive is now CLOSED from Front Royal to Thornton Gap due to icy road conditions. It also remains CLOSED from Swift Run to Rockfish Gap. Call 540-999-3500 (select option 1, then option 1) for the most up-to-date status of the Skyline Drive.

How much does it cost to enter Skyline Drive?

Shenandoah Entrance Fee – Single Vehicle – $30.00 This fee covers unlimited entry for one vehicle and passengers for seven consecutive days, beginning on the day of purchase. Vehicles must be private, noncommercial, and with a seating capacity of 15 or less.

Is it worth driving all of Skyline Drive?

The northern part of the drive is very twisting, less so as you drive south. Critical to keep to the speed limit, even though it seems to be low. Spectacular scenery along the way!

Do you have to pay to get into Skyline Drive?

You are required to pay an entrance fee in order to access Shenandoah National Park, whether you’re driving on Skyline Drive or hiking in from the boundary. By law, 80 percent of the money collected from entrance fees is used for projects that directly benefit visitors.

How scary is Skyline Drive?

Did not expect it to have steep turns and twists but we managed with a minivan and it was breathtaking! The entrance per vehicle was $25 but you can use it for 1 week. There were a lot of overlooks where you can stop by and take pictures.

Is Skyline Drive open now?

Skyline Drive is generally open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. If it’s closed due to inclement weather, you may still enter the Park on foot at one of the entrance stations or from a boundary access point.

Is Skyline Drive free for military?

Veterans and Gold Star Families Granted Free Lifetime Access – Visit Skyline Drive.

Can you get on Skyline Drive at night?

Driving at night on skyline drive should be fine. The entrance stations are open 24 hours a day, though the drive may close due to bad weather – so the NP service plans on you accessing the road day or night.

Where is the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park?

Call the Park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500 (option 1, then option 1) for the most current status. The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the Park.

What to do when Skyline Drive is closed?

Please call the park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500, 1, 1 for the most current Skyline Drive status. You may still enter the park on foot at one of the entrance stations or boundary access point if Skyline Drive is closed. Read about visiting in winter for suggestions about how to enjoy the park when Skyline Drive is closed.

What is the speed limit on Skyline Drive?

The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are nearly 70 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east.