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Few good things came from the Great Depression; however, one great thing to emerge was Skyline Drive.
Skyline Drive (a toll road) running from Front Royal, VA to Waynesboro, VA was the end result of the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC), a work relief program established to put the unemployed to work.
Skyline Drive was developed solely as a recreational driving road to showcase the beauty of the Shenandoah Mountains.
Hence, it has limited vehicular access, great mountain and valley vistas, rustic camp grounds, and is a road seemingly made just for motorcycles.
The road ranges from tight and technical to stretches of beautiful high speed sweepers.
Watch your pace though, because the speed limit is a halting 35 mph and federal rangers enforce the limit strictly particularly during the peak fall sight-seeing season.
During these peak times, Skyline Drive can quite literally become a parking lot and lose some of its appeal, although not its beauty.
However, at other times - late fall and winter - you can ride practically the entire road without seeing another vehicle.
But - you are never really alone on Skyline Drive.
Deer are ubiquitous and unfortunately rather tame.
Sometimes standing at the side of the road, in what appears to be full “begging” mode.
Some visitors can’t seem to help themselves from flinging whatever food they have at these effective pan handlers even though its illegal.
So if the threat of a federal speeding ticket doesn’t temper your speed - remember the deer, and the occasional black bear that may cross your path.
You will find plenty of scenic pull-offs, but you can’t stop at each one or it will take you two days to ride the 105 mile stretch.
Bring a box lunch, find a nice overlook and enjoy a great day of riding and nature.
There is park lodging and very nice campgrounds if you camp off the back of your bike.
There are a couple park run gas/gift shops along the way, but beware they are closed off season and not 24 hours.
Hit the parkway with a full tank particularly if you have a short tank.
I think Skyline Drive benefitted greatly from the Economic Stimulus packages under Bush and Obama, and the road is in great condition and many of the overlooks have been updated recently.
Be cautious if it has rained hard recently as debris/gravel tends to collect in some corners.
Also. expect the temperature to be 10-15 degrees cooler than the surrounding flatlands.
A welcome relief during the summer and snow and ice a potential surprise during the late fall, winter and early spring.
When I need a lift, a quick ride down Skyline Drive always brightens my mood.
Such is the power of motorcycles and an outstanding road!
This road is a 10.
- Anonymous (9/5/13)
Just got back from a great ride on the Skyline.
Make sure you ride the northern part; best curves and scenery.
Roads are very good, and plan the 100+ miles to take you four to five hours.
Many pull-overs for great views.
Dont ride it to set a speed record.
- Anonymous (6/17/13)
My girl and I rode this in October, 2012.
We stayed at a B&B at both ends.
Made the south bound on Saturday and the north bound on Sunday.
We waited to make our arrangements until we saw the weather was to be clear and cool.
It was an absolutely incredible ride.
A few things to be aware of.
It is cold in them mountains so dress appropriately.
There are many tourists driving this road and wildlife (like bears) may saunter out in front of you.
The road is patrolled vigorously and they are sticklers about your speed.
I found it really sweet to stay in 3rd gear and use the torque to sprint around the sweeping turns and roll off coming out in case they were shooting radar oncoming.
It was quite enjoyable and we will do it again and again.
- Anonymous (2/4/13)
We rode our motorcycles on part of the Skyline Drive.
Around one corner, even though we were going 35 MPH as posted, we could have had an accident due to the large amount of gravel on the road in a turn.
It would be great if the park could clean the roads, especially the curves.
Even at a low rate of speed we all know what gravel can do.
I expected better road conditions being you have to pay to use the roadway.
I was much more pleased with the conditions and the ride on the Blue Ridge Mountain south.
- Anonymous (3/18/12)
Absolutely gorgeous, especially in the fall when those mountainsides just light up!
Do watch your speed, though.
Law Enforcement is dead serious about those limits.
I was pulled over and warned for 7 mph over the limit."
- Ralph Couey (8/11/11)
We rode this road in late May, 2011.
Road in great shape, there was some paving but did not affect traffic.
We have been in this area twice now, rained every day.
Don’t let that discourage you, wonderful scenery, speed limit 35-45 mph.
Some twistys, an overall fun ride.
Saw a HUGE black bear climbing a tree right there beside the road.
There is a fee for traveling this road, $10 for bikes, well worth it.
There are two places to eat lunch on the Skyline, be sure to get there at noon to eat, they do not serve all day.
- Jeff Ferguson (7/1/11)
Waited for the perfect weather, which was a long wait this year.
Made my way from Burlington, CT to the Hampton Inn in Front Royal, VA.
Sunday I was at the north gate at 8:00am in the morning, 8/16/09.
Beautiful scenery at that time with the mountains coming through the mist at 3000 feet.
I felt like I had the whole road to myself with the lack of traffic.
Was clear the whole way. Very much would recommend this road.
Then I opted for any valley road west of the mountain on the way back north, instead of climbing on Route 81.
Just beautiful country!
- Mike, Burlington, CT (8/22/09)
This is pretty funny. I was the last person to comment on this road from my ride last year.
I reported that the constuction was completed and it was a great ride.
Low and behold I took the ride again this year and the construction is back.
About 30 miles of the 103 mile run is under construction.
If you go, go on the weekends.
The construction crew is not working and the road was clear of gravel.
- Scott, Cincinatti, OH (6/24/08)
I last posted the comments concerning the construction update on this road.
I just got back from my trip down Skyline Drive and I'm happy to report that construction is completed.
No gravel and perfect riding conditions are found on this road.
If possible, plan your trip during the week (vs. weekends).
This is just a 'gorgeous ride'.
Plan on continuing your drive upon exiting Skyline Drive onto the Blue Ridge Parkway
That part of the Blue Ridge is 'classic'.
- Rider from Cincinnati, Ohio (11/1/07)
Repairs to this road are in their final stages.
The stretch that was 'graveled' was being cleared of that gravel starting September 17th.
Its a 24 mile stretch.
They will begin paving that stretch on the September 24th.
We're planning on riding that road October 4th.
I've got a call into the road superintedent for Skyline Drive to make sure constuction will be completed by then.
If not, I'll update this post.
- Rider from Cincinnati, OH (9/21/07)
Do not plan on riding this route anytime soon.
I just completed the Skyline Drive route on September 8, 2007.
The Park Service has graveled 20 miles of the route.
It is treacherous at best.
The Park Service deserves a black eye for this blunder.
Several injuries or deaths caused by the gravel will be their wake up call.
- Joe (9/12/07)
This is a pleasant enough road.
The speed limit is only 35, but it's tight enough that you really can't go a whole lot faster after factoring in all the traffic around you in the park.
Just get in the mindset, and go with the rhythm of the road.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a better more challenging road, so if you need to make up time, skip this one.
- Craig Jackman (8/3/07)
If you need to get away from the stresses of everyday life, here is your saving grace!
Yes it does cost you the price of a state park admission and yes, the speed limit is 35mph for around 109 miles, and yes, you will forget all of your troubles!
If you are looking to drag your knees on the corners or wheelie down the straights, this is likely not the road you are looking for.
The traffic is slow and the park police are ever present.
If you need to breath fresh mountain air and love scenery and twisty roads at a relaxing pace, you will never forget this journey.
Inner piece can be found here.
- The 'Two Wheeled Trucker' (7/24/07)
Some people complain about the speed limit being only 35 & 40......be careful if they catch you going faster.....it's a Federal offense.
There's plenty of wildlife to see, deer, bear, raccoon, timber rattler.......so it's best to keep it at 35m.p.h. and enjoy the ride.
The scenery is unbelievable in spring, summer & fall.
Plenty of places to camp, eat, or just sightsee.
You won't be sorry you took your time to enjoy the Shenandoah Valley in all its beauty.
- C. Galeano (8/8/06)