- This historic and beautiful drive is among the nation's first driving tours. For generations it has offered panoramic views of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. The 105-mile-long road gracefully meanders along the mountaintops of Shenandoah National Park. Today, the Drive offers easy access to numerous visitor centers, campgrounds and hiking trails serving as a backbone to the park's circulation system.
Recreation - At the southern tip of Skyline Drive begins the Blue Ridge Parkway which travels into North Carolina. There are numerous caverns, state parks, wineries, bed and breakfasts, river outfitters, golf courses, museums and more throughout this tourist area.
Climate - The mountains in Shenandoah National Park are usually ten degrees cooler than the valley below, but provide pleasant summer weather for outdoor activities. Summer afternoon showers are the norm and weather changes quickly. Winters can be severe with snow and ice. Layered clothing is recommended throughout the year to ensure comfort with any forecast.
The Park lies in northwestern Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains between the Shenandoah River, to the west, and the Piedmont country, to the east. The site is approximately 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. between Front Royal in the north and Waynesboro in the south. Skyline Drive travels the entire length of Shenandoah National Park.