Blue Ridge Country May/June 2021 - BRPG5



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  Shenandoah National Park Skyline Drive, Hawksbill Summit, near MP 46

Shenandoah National Park: Skyline Drive keys its beauty
PAUL LEMKE | STOCK.ADOBE.COM

To the north of the Blue
Ridge Parkway, beyond
Milepost 0, lies one of the
parkway's older, twin-sister
parks, Shenandoah.
Legislative efforts to
establish the park go back to
1901, and by 1925, lands to
establish both Shenandoah
and the parkway's other
companion park, Great
Smoky Mountains, were
acquired.
Shenandoah National
Park, which requires an
entrance fee, opened in
1936, and now averages
about 1.5 million visitors each
year.
The primary attraction
for the narrow park is its
main roadway, Skyline Drive,
which runs for 105 miles from
Afton north to Front Royal,

Virginia.
Shenandoah is known
also for its wildlife, scenery
and hiking-including 101
miles of the Appalachian
National Scenic Trail-for nine
waterfalls between 34 and
93 feet and for its 1930s-era
lodges and cabins at Skyland
and Big Meadows, which
today offer a wonderful
blend of the rustic and the
accommodating along with
dining rooms offering unique
dishes from the early years of
the park updated to neargourmet level.
Skyline Drive is open
year-round except at times
of inclement weather and
offers great views of the
Shenandoah Valley below,
onto small towns as pretty as
their names.

  Doyles River Falls, Skyline Drive, MP 81

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