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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!

From Rockfish Gap I hiked to Mayo’s Homeplace and back to Rockfish Gap. Mild 50 degrees and light rain after first hour. Good moderate pace,with slippery spots.

I will be back to hopefully complete the full hike. I stopped off to grab a 5 mile portion to break up a drive to Powhatan from Staunton. Trail was in great shape for this dusk hike.

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Very fun hiking seen a bear and deer it was well worth the trip

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Monday, December 21, 2015

I have been back to the Parkway many, many times over the years...but have just now finally completed the last section I had not traveled. A true treasure. Hopefully I get the chance to experience it all in one wonderful drive sometime soon.

Best way to spend time

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

This beautiful parkway is a valuable piece of Americana. Although it runs from exit #99 on I-64 in Virginia to Cherokee, North Carolina, we got on in Cherokee and ran North. We hiked a few of the 300ish trails along the parkway and goofed off a little, That took two days. You could drive it all in one long day if you only wanted to drive it. There are many slowpokes so do not expect to break any speed records along the 469 miles of curvy road. I have been on many parts of the parkway over the years but always wanted to do it end to end. Now I want to take a camper and spend a month up there.

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!

I agree with Regina. I did the Shenandoah section of the AT 11 years ago. I would love to do the whole trail from Maine to Georgia in one hike but other demands do not allow that much continuous time out. Tis section is scenic, but my favorite is the middle section of the AT through Shenandoah.

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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.

Awesome life-changing experience to walk from Maine to Georgia in 7 months, starting in June, 2007 and ending in January, 2008. See my trail journal at http://www.trailjournals.com/mssnglnk

One of the prettiest drives you'll find.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Forgive me for reiterating my review from Skyline Drive, but it is an inherent part of any visit to Shenandoah, unless your hiking the AT (Which crosses the drive several times).
How could anyone not love this drive at any time of year. Though I am fanatically devoted to New England in the fall, this would be my top alternative. One of the great things about Skyline Drive is the numerous places to stop and enjoy the vistas. These stops also make the traffic bearable. Even when the park isn't very crowded, the two-lane thoroughfare attracts slow drivers like a magnet. With limited opportunities to pass, the pull-offs mean you aren't stuck behind anyone for long. It's not that I recommend being a speeding Griswold, but it can be a really long several hours of driving if you don't stop to enjoy the scenery.
Aside from the drive, there are a lot of hikes from the road that vary from easy to difficult. They give you access to scenery and history that the drivers largely miss. Also, don't forget that a lot of people lost their homes to create this park. I believe that the off-road hikes show respect for their loss, and teach something about a nearly extinct way of life. I have hiked here several times, and every hike is a pleasure and a new experience.

Monday, August 09, 2010

We hiked from Swift Run Gap to Big Meadow via the AT. Shenandoah was packed due to Memorial Day weekend. The trail was very nice and the climbs were moderate since the mtns were relatively small. (3500ft avg.) There were reports of bear sightings eventhough we didnt witness any. I got to experience my 2nd hitch-hiking experience at the end of this trip.

Many beautiful trails, waterfalls and views to experience. I've mainly done hike in the lower and central portion and have rarely been disappointed except in severe draught at a couple of the waterfalls.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

on Blue Ridge Parkway

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Monday, May 15, 2017

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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