Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Shenandoah National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Great all year...there is always something to see and in the winter you don't have to go far from the road to see frozen water falls. Great day trip with the little ones!

Scenic and serene. This drive does not disappoint! I came over the holiday weekend when the entrance was free. This was definitely worth the trip with well maintained roads and beautiful outlooks if you want to stretch your legs. I recommend this drive to anyone who isn't afraid of mountains. I will definitely be back again!

My buddy and I took a long weekend and tackled this section of the AT as our first trip. A good amount of diversity among the trail, some awesome views, and a great first hike. Highly recommend!

Tackled this section with two friends this past Summer. It was my first intro to the AT and I caught the hiking bug. Came back with some really great stories and desire to do more section hiking in the future.

Beautiful drive any time of year through Shenandoah. Even more so in the fall when the leaves change color. A must-do drive if you live in the area.

Spent a little time this holiday weekend trying out my new Zpacks Duplex Tent while doing a quick section of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park Virginia. This time, I hiked from Elkwallow Wayside to Pass Mountain Hut. Along with being hot, sweaty, and buggy, this section of trail was exceptionally boring for me, with few views and little features of interest. Now I know where the nickname "Green Tunnel" comes form. That being said, I did see two bears and a pretty tame deer. Hiking from north to south along this section of trail, there is a spring about 0.5 miles south of the wayside. Once up on the ridge, there are a couple nice tent sites, one about 1.6 miles and the other at 1.9 miles south. There is a very good spring 4.8 miles south of Elkwallow (~2.4 miles north of Pass Mountain Hut) with a tent site right nearby (just south of the spring). These are all what I would consider legal stealth sites in SNP, being far enough away from trail, water, roads, and structures. Pass Mountain Hut is typical for the park and the site hosts a spring, privy, bear box, and bear pole near the tenting area. There are two tenting areas. I used the one behind the Hut on the other side of the very good spring. Lots of through hikers (NOBO) staying there this weekend

New to backpacking, picked this trail section because you had some getting off spots if needed, and we did. Total fail of rain gear and a tumble on slippery down hill sent us to a hostel for the second night of our trip. This is a serious up hill trail. But we will be back. It was so awesome to stand on top of calf mountain.

I have been lucky enough to experience this drive 4 times...I will never tire of it. Absolutely gorgeous!!!

road biking
Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Beautiful views!

scenic driving
Monday, October 24, 2016

beautiful!!!

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful part of Virginia. Crosses over Skyline Drive in several places making for easy access. Difficulty is moderate to easy.

nature trips
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Drove the entire length stopping at 69 of the 70 overlooks then returned to Waynesboro, VA by way of the Shenandoah Valley. Both directions were beautiful from the top of the ridge to the valley floor. Great views looking down and up.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The only problem with writing about Skyline Drive is that I will get crazy for it and head up this week. I better call ahead because they close for weather sometimes.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Drove it again last August. It always takes a long time because we stop and hike side trails. We stop and enjoy the overlooks. About the time we want to get down the road we get behind a slowpoke tourist who is loving it as much as I do.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

We are here more than any other drive. I love Skyline Drive.

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

We have driven this several times. I still never tire of the views.

mountain biking
Monday, November 09, 2015

I know it can be done in a day, but I got a room and made it a two day ride. There are beautiful farms and mountain views along the way. I only have a mountain bike, so that added to the workload.

Favorite park around. Drive is gorgeous. Trails are great and something for everyone. Get ready to see some bear

scenic driving
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Beautiful views of the Appalachians. I nice way to start a day trip.

scenic driving
Saturday, January 03, 2015

A very scenic drive for nearly the entire length. I certainly recommend spending multiple days, enjoying the overlooks and exploring the many trails. Be certain to enter the park with a full tank of gas, so you need not worry.

scenic driving
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Beautiful drive and overlooks. We have hiked some of the trails off of here. Great for meteor showers too. Busy during "Leaf Peeping Season" but the colors are always wonderful.

hiking
Friday, February 21, 2014

I went from Black Rock Gap to Pine Gap (AT shelter there), approximately 15 miles. It was hilly in a couple places, but nothing major. The trail went through vegetation tunnels and we saw bear scat, but didn't run into any bears. There were numerous places to stop and enjoy the view which really helped the enjoyment factor. About halfway, there is a stream with a good water supply. Since it crosses Skyline Drive several times, you never feel like you're too far away from civilization - but all the places were closed. Since we went off season, we only saw two other people on the trail. Nice!

hiking
Monday, November 18, 2013

Great hike with good elevation changes and lots of great views.

scenic driving
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Just drove this again for the umpteenth time. Guess I never tire of Skyline Drive. The views to the east and to the west just keep taking turns with their beauty. There are many great side trails.

The only time ever hiked this section in one piece was eleven yeas ago but I come up here several times per year. I have hiked the AT which parallels Skyline Drive and played along the way. There are so many beautiful side trails to big views and to waterfalls.

scenic driving
Monday, May 13, 2013

Gorgeous drive at any time of the year! Also, there are plenty of trails to hit up right off of Skyline Drive, it's well worth the trip if you're visiting the D.C. area and want to get away to nature.

scenic driving
Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I have done this on foot and many times by car. The road follows the mountain peeks and ridges so the views just keep coming. Be sure to eat in the restaurant at Skyland.

Although this is a wonderful drive, the A trail runs along the drive all the way. By foot is a wonderful way to see it. I love to do my meals on a rock with a view.

scenic driving
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is a great place for car sightseeing any time of year, but is most beautiful during the Spring and Fall. If you live in the D.C. metropolitan area, this is an amazing (and close!) place to go to see some beautiful scenery. There are plenty of places to stop for photos and a handful of places to stop to have a picnic.

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