Shenandoah National Park
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Shortly after Congress authorized the creation of two new eastern national parks—Shenandoah and Great Smokey Mountains—President Franklin Roosevelt saw great opportunity in constructing the first "national rural parkway" to connect the new parks. The recent popularity of the automobile and leisure driving had made Skyline Drive, Shenandoah's mountaintop road, an instant success. New Deal programs provided labor and funding, and the National Park Service began construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1935.
In the decades since, hundreds of millions of motorists have traveled through Shenandoah and along the 469 miles of the Parkway to the Great Smokies, enjoying the varied scenery and protected landscapes of the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.
North to Shenandoah Wilderness
Just north you will find the entrance to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. Shenandoah encompasses nearly 200,000 acres of protected forest habitats. Skyline Drive is your portal to great hiking, spectacular vistas, picturesque waterfalls, wildlife, and sweeping views of Wilderness nestled in the ridges between
South to Blue Ridge Parkway Splendor
If you drive south onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can take in the pastoral mountain countryside and the traditional culture of the Appalachians through the landscape, music, and art. You'll see a tremendous diversity of plants, animals, and habitats, and have many opportunities to hike, camp, picnic, and visit the neighboring communities of Virginia and North Carolina.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
Location. 38° 1.923′ N, 78° 51.51′ W. Marker is near Afton, Virginia, in Augusta County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Skyline Drive, Afton VA 22920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Shenandoah National Park (here, next to this marker); Nelson County / Augusta County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rockfish Gap (about 700 feet away); Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flight of Richard C. duPont
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on April 10, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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