Skyline Drive: Thornton Gap to Swift Run Gap

EASY 9 reviews
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Skyline Drive: Thornton Gap to Swift Run Gap is a 33.8 mile point-to-point trail located near Luray, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips, road biking, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
33.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3792 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

forest

views

backpacking
1 month ago

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!

backpacking
1 month ago

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.

scenic driving
6 months ago

scenic driving
11 months ago

scenic driving
Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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

hiking
Monday, November 18, 2013

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

hiking
Saturday, November 16, 2013

hiking
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

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
Sunday, January 30, 2011

We drove this section in the winter (dec/jan). It was beautiful and we were thankful it was open. Some days it is closed due to weather.