"Skyline Drive - 18 April 2008" Virginia Off The Beaten Path Tip by lonestar_philomath

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The Skyline Drive is part of the Shenandoah National Park system in western Virginia. The park runs the full north-south length of Virginia extending down into Waynesboro, NC. I entered at the north entrance. Easiest way to get to the park from points east:

Take route 66 heading west
Exit at the Front Royal exit for 340.
Follow 340 south for about three miles.
Watch for the very small sign to your right and be prepared to turn left!
I hope in another 2 weeks the park will start looking different!

Entrance fees:
Car: Day+a week $15.00
Motorcycle and hikers: $10.00

Since I plan to viist the park sevel times a year, I purchased an annual pass for $80. This annuls pass allows me entry into any national park system in the US.

This is what I found on 18 April 2008:

Trees bare half way up to the top of the mountains
No ground plants visible
Some flowering bushes
Flies!

I do not know why the plants and trees are so late in growing this year. Is it because VA is still in a drought situation? Watch for my updates in two weeks from now!

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  • Updated Apr 20, 2008
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