3 Things to Look for on the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Valley

December 14, 2016


Winding through the midst of the Virginia’s most famous valley is the breathtaking Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Valley. It’s a road that transports travelers back to the days of driving for leisure instead of as a hectic race to work each morning. Following a ridge of Virginia’s gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Valley is a must for those seeking a scenic overlook. Covered with untouched wildflowers year-round, you’re assured the pristine wilderness promise of deer, black bears, and wild turkeys. And, Skyline Drive is the perfect way to experience Shenandoah National Park.

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1. See Everything Atop Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Valley

This epically scenic skyway, the park’s only public road, runs for 105 miles through the gorgeous national park. Mile markers running along the west side of the road guide travelers to the many wonderful places to stop along the way. Aside from the 75 different scenic overlooks strategically placed along the way, there are many other places to stop and see out. This is your best chance to hike the various Shenandoah National Park hiking trails, have a picnic, or marvel at the power of a waterfall. You can pick up a map of Shenandoah Skyline Drive at any of the visitor centers throughout the park. With a speed limit of 35 mph, there is no way you’ll miss the best views along the way.

2. A Birdwatcher’s Paradise

If you’re a birdwatching hobbyist, there are few places as ideal as the Shenandoah Skyline Drive. The Big Meadows Amphitheater, in the picnic grounds near milepost 51, is home to the Birds of Prey program, which hosts educational shows throughout the summer season. Knowledgeable rangers help guests see these majestic birds up close, and show you some of their natural wonders. If you are looking to see these creatures in their natural habitats, ask a park ranger to suggest trails or mountaintops where peregrine falcons nest, and you may catch some of their astounding acrobatics along the way. You can also read more about the park biologists’ efforts to help relocate coastal peregrine falcons chicks to mountaintops in the park.

3. Historic Rapidan Camp

One of the park’s historic gems is the country retreat of President and First Lady Hoover, known as Rapidan Camp. This cabin, built in 1929, has been beautifully restored so guests can enjoy not only its historic significance as a representation of mountain life in that era but also of the president himself. Tours are led by rangers throughout the summer months, leaving from the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center in the park.

After a Day of Exploring, Come Back to Comfortable Luxury

If you have yet to explore Skyline Drive, it’s the perfect day-trip from Harrisonburg! That means that By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages is your best bet for comfortable lodging in the area. So, check out our luxurious cottages and see for yourself the quality you can reserve for your trip. Then, contact us to reserve your stay! And, if you need more ideas for things to see and do in the area, then download our FREE Vacation Guide today!


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