The High Road Through Shenandoah National Park
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.
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
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. Touch 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grottoes.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.