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The southern section of Skyline Drive is a 40-mile stretch between Route 33 at Swift Run Gap and I-64 at Rockfish Gap. It passes by some great scenery and is perhaps the most appealing part of the drive as it's also the least frequented- most visitors head north. A summary of which overlooks to stop at and which to skip, going south:

Swift Run Overlook: You'll arrive here first; there's a broad view of Shenandoah Valley, but the views north are a bit limited, so you might as well not stop until you reach

Sandy Bottom Overlook: A commanding view of the valley and of the peaks of the central section, and Sandy Bottom.

Bacon Hollow Overlook: A nice view eastward through a valley to the Piedmont.

Eaton Hollow Overlook: A beautiful view of Grindstone Mt. and the town of Shenandoah.

Rocky Mount Overlook: A view of Rocky Mount, but not much else.

Beldore Hollow Overlook: Honestly, not a terribly interesting overlook; a decent view across a small valley.

Loft Mountain Overlook: A very nice view of the Piedmont, with Charlottesville visible on a clear day.

Two-Mile Run Overlook: A very good view of the southern end of Massanutten, Rocks Mountain and Rocky Mount.

Brown Mountain Overlook: A must stop: this long overlook, punctuated by a stand of trees, has views far to the north to Grindstone and Hazeltop, across a valley to Rocky Mountain, and south to pointed-Trayfoot Mt. and the Big Run Valley.

Ivy Creek Overlook: A view of the Piedmont, as well as Flattop and Hightop; a good view.

Doyles River Overlook: A good view of Cedar Mt. and the Doyles River watershed.

Dundo Overlook: A limited view down Dundo Hollow to Austin and Furnace Mtns.

Trayfoot Mt. Overlook: A limited and less worthwhile view of Pasture Fence Mountain.

Horsehead Overlook: A nice view of Rocks and Trayfoot Mountains, especially the talus slopes on Trayfoot.

Riprap Overlook: A sweeping view of Shenandoah Valley and down Riprap Hollow; a good place to catch a sunset.

Moormans River Overlook: A broad eastward view of the Charlottesville Reservoir and in the distance, Charlottesville itself.

Crimora Lake Overlook: A broad view of the Valley.

Turk Mt. Overlook: A pretty view of the pyramid-shaped peak of Turk Mt, and of peaks Humpback Mt. to the south.

Sawmill Run Overlook: Layers upon layers of blue ridges visible above a small valley

Calf Mt. Overlook: a great view of Waynesboro and the Valley.

Beagle Gap Overlook: An eastward view of the taller foothills, Calf Mt, and Charlottesville on a clear day.

McCormick Gap Overlook: the last overlook of the drive; a good view of the Valley.

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  • Updated Nov 23, 2011
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