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It was a sunny and warm November morning, so we decided to make the 90-minute trip to Shenandoah National Park. While I had driven through the valley before, I'd never been to the park itself. The fall foliage was past peak, but still spectacular.
Skyline Drive is a 105-mile (about 170 km) mountain road that snakes its way along a ridge line, affording tremendous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River (hmm... why is a John Denver tune suddenly in my head? :). The road is entirely within Shenandoah National Park, which requires a fee to enter.
We entered on the north end, just outside of Front Royal, Virginia. After showing our National Parks Pass, we entered Skyline Drive and made our way southward. After a brief stop at the Shenandoah Valley Overlook (the northernmost of 75 "Overlooks," or places to get off the road and take in the views), we continued on to the Visitor Center just past Milepost 4.
We were just making a day trip, so we asked for advice on a good 3 hour hike. The ranger suggested we continue just past Milepost 21 and make a 5.2 mile loop hike along a part of the Appalachian trail and the Sugar Loaf trail.
At Milepost 21, the Hogback Overlook, the highest altitude overlook in the northern part of the park, offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. We stopped briefly and then took our hike.
As we returned to our car and headed back towards Front Royal, we pulled over several times at various overlooks and took in some more views.
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