Somehow a visit to Skyline Drive in Virginia is something I wanted to do the past few autumns but never got around to it until last weekend. The best news is that it is something that can be done in a day trip. The start of the Skyline Drive in Front Royal Virginia on the weekend is just a 90 minute drive from Columbia. The views are more than worth the drive this time of year. Last weekend the trees had not reached their peak but this weekend and next should be a good time for a visit.
The road winds its way alone the mountain tops of many ridges in the Shenandoah National Park
An added bonus for a visitor is the chance to hike on the Appalachian Trail. The Trail crosses the Drive at a number of points.
The trail surface is somewhat rocky in some parts but nothing too difficult
The views from the trail are worth the hike.
For those who would like to make a weekend out of your visit a trip 30 minutes down from Front Royal is Luray, Virginia and the Luray Caverns.