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Skyline Drive: Gateway To The Shenandoah Valley

The legendary Shenandoah Valley lies between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east, the Allegheny Mountains to the west, the Potomac River to the north, and the Roanoke Valley to the south.

It encompasses vibrant small cities, rural hamlets, mountains, rivers, national forests and state parks as well as the national park. Learn more:

Front Royal / Warren County, Virginia

Front Royal is the northern gateway to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. This is the place to enjoy the charm of historic downtown and local events. With access to hiking, canoeing and more, Front Royal is the crown jewel of outdoor recreation and the Canoe Capital of Virginia. This is a great starting point to ride the waters of the Shenandoah River.

Luray / Page County, Virginia

Have you heard of Luray Caverns, the largest and most visited caverns on the East coast? After your visit to the Caverns, don’t miss the other exciting options in this small town. Sample fare from a downtown eatery, play golf surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, kayak or canoe on the Shenandoah River, and check out the art center. Luray is located minutes from the Thornton Gap entrance station at Rt. 211.

Harrisonburg / Rockingham County, Virginia

Harrisonburg offers visitors heart-pumping outdoor recreation, trendy, locally owned restaurants, museums and art galleries. Strolling downtown, visitors pass the Virginia Quilt Museum and numerous shops featuring local products, and unique dining. The local farmers markets offer local foods and wares. The Swift Run Gap Entrance Station from Rt. 33 is the gateway to the adventure on Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.   

Staunton / Augusta County, Virginia

Staunton is a preservation success story with a national reputation.  Downtown’s Red Brick District buzzes with arts and culture offerings. Call ahead for tickets to the renowned American Shakespeare Center. If history is your passion, there are historic sites and museums. If you want to indulge in fresh, local goodness, stop by the twice-weekly downtown farmers market. A bevy of coffee shops, restaurants, and art galleries rounds out the scene.  Come for the culture.  Stay for the local vibe.

Waynesboro / Augusta County, Virginia

Waynesboro is conveniently located near world-class fishing and just off the famed Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Maine to Georgia and draws thousands of hikers each year. Downtown offers shopping and dining, festivals and events along the river. It’s two miles from the Rockfish Gap entrance Station where Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park meets the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

Choose your adventure:

Did You Know?

The National Park Service turned 100 in 2016.