One of the best mountain drives in America
NOTE: Shenandoah National Park/Skyline Drive is currently closed to all visitors. Visit the park’s official website for updates.
Shenandoah National Park is known for spectacular panoramic views along Skyline Drive, a 105-mile scenic byway that traverses the entire length of the park. Located along the crest of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive is one of the best mountain drives in the United States. As you wind your way through the park, stop at one of Skyline Drive’s 75 overlooks and relax with breathtaking views of the Shenandoah Valley and the Virginia Piedmont.
The park offers more than 500 miles of hiking trails all skill levels. Most trailheads begin along Skyline Drive – look for the trail markers offering useful information, distances, connections to other trails, including the Appalachian Trail . The park offers 300 square miles of mountains, forests, waterfalls, and rock outcroppings.
Wildlife sightings are common – look for black bears, raccoons, fox, deer, owls, coyotes and wild turkeys.
There’s so much to see; what should I do first?
We know there is a lot to see and do in the Park. So we decided to create a seasonal top 10 lists for those who have only limited time. We asked park rangers to give us their best recommendations. Learn more about what they suggested: the Top 10 Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park.
Gateway to Virginia adventure
Skyline Drive is the perfect launching-off point for your next Getaway to the Shenandoah Valley – known for charming downtowns, bountiful farmers markets, as well as vineyards, historic sites, and museums.