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Near Grottoes in Albemarle County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Skyline Drive

The High Road Through Shenandoah National Park

 
 
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By Charles T. Harrell, August 9, 2011
1. Skyline Drive Marker
Inscription. Among the scenic roads of America’s national parks, the Skyline Drive may be the most famous. For decades the Drive has given millions of visitors easy access to the mountains and sky of Shenandoah National Park. The Skyline Drive follows the winding backbone of the Blue Ridge for 105 miles, sometimes losing itself among the clouds. In fair weather, views are dramatic. To the east you can see the rolling Piedmont plateau with its patchwork of farms; on the west there’s the Shenandoah Valley and the Appalachian Mountains beyond.

Unlike other roads, the Skyline Drive is not the shortest distance between two points. It is designed for forward movement. You can enhance our visit by stopping at overlooks and taking time to explore our trials.

Drive Statistics:
Total Distance...105 miles (170 km)
Maximum Speed Limit...35 mph (56 kph)
Minimum non-stop Driving Time...3 hours
Highest Elevation...3,650 feet (1122 m) above sea level at Mile 41.7
Number of Overlooks...71
Year Construction Started...1931
Year Construction Completed...1939
Construction Cost Per Mile...$50.000

Shenandoah National Park was established in 1935 using lands donated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The forest was once devastated by logging and farming, but has now returned, and covers more than 95 percent of the

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By Charles T. Harrell, August 9, 2011
2. Skyline Drive Marker
park. Congress designated two-fifths of the park as wilderness in 1976.

More than 500 miles of trails lead beyond the Skyline Drive to secluded places where you can discover the beauty and peace of this recycled land.
 
Location. 38° 15.731′ N, 78° 39.66′ W. Marker is near Grottoes, Virginia, in Albemarle County. Marker can be reached from Skyline Drive. Click for map. Marker is located in parking lot of the Loft Mountain Wayside off Skyline Drive. Marker is in this post office area: Free Union VA 22940, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shenandoah’s Deer (here, next to this marker); Rekindling Nature (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nature Without Us, For Us (approx. 1.4 miles away); Appalachian Trail (approx. 2.1 miles away); Big Run Watershed (approx. 2.1 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 3.6 miles away); Port Republic (approx. 6.3 miles away); a different marker also named Port Republic (approx. 6.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grottoes.
 
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By Charles T. Harrell, August 9, 2011
3. Skyline Drive Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 510 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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