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Friday, September 18, 2009

Skyline Drive Views

During my vacation last week, I drove into or exited Skyline Drive from each of the four entrance stations - Rockfish Gap in the south, Swift Run Gap and Thornton Gap in the center, and Front Royal in the north. As I've written before, Shenandoah National Park was designed to be a motorist destination, with Skyline Drive as the showpiece.

With the Park approaching its 75th anniversary next year, there are already a number of projects underway to maintain and repair some of the overlooks. In a future post I plan to discuss the stimulus funding coming and how it will be used in the Park most of the funds the Park will receive are directed towards these projects.

One of my favorite features of the Park are the west bound views across the Valley to Massanutten Mountain. These photos offer a couple of these views:
  • Massanutten Mountain, from an overlook in the South District, 10 miles away;
  • A view of Signal Knob, on the north end of Massanutten Mountain; and
  • A long-range view from Dickey Ridge, looking south - in real life, you could see all the way to New Market Gap, inlcuding Kennedy Peak, Duncan Knob, and Stickler Knob, although they aren't clear in the photo.

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