Driving Skyline Drive

 
A curve on Skyline Drive with yellow and orange Fall foliage.
 

Learn and Explore

The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the Park. It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the Park on a clear day.

Skyline Drive is generally open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. If it's closed due to inclement weather, you may still enter the Park on foot at one of the entrance stations or from one of the boundary access points.

 

Entering the Park on Skyline Drive

You can enter Shenandoah with your vehicle at only four places along Skyline Drive:

Front Royal Entrance Station (mile 0) by Rt. 66 and 340 in Front Royal, Virginia.

Thornton Gap Entrance Station (mile 31.5) by Rt. 211 near Luray, Virginia.

Swift Run Gap Entrance Station (mile 65.5) by Rt. 33 near Elkton, Virginia.

Rockfish Gap Entrance Station (mile 104.6) by Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway).

Don't rely on GPS to navigate to Shenandoah National Park, as it can be incorrect. Instead, follow these directions to each entrance station. If there are no staff at the entrance stations when you first arrive at the Park, you may proceed into the Park and pay your fee when you exit. Remember, your fee dollars go towards projects that have direct benefits for the visitors!

Mileposts

As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side of the road (right side if you are traveling south, left if you are heading north). These cement posts help you find your way through the Park and help you locate areas of interest. The miles begin at 0 in Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the Park. The largest developed area, Big Meadows, is near the center of the Park, at mile 51. All Park maps and information use these mileposts as a reference.

Speed Limit

The speed limit is 35 mph in most places, so feel free to roll down your windows, feel the breeze, and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. Deer, black bear, wild turkey, and a host of other woodland animals call Shenandoah home and regularly cross Skyline Drive in their daily travels. Watch carefully for these animals who may dart across your path without warning. If you want a closer look, be sure to pull completely off the road and stay in your vehicle.

Gas and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Options are limited for filling up your car, so be sure to plan accordingly. Find out more information about gas and charging stations.

RVs, Campers, and Horse Trailers

Be sure you will clear Marys Rock Tunnel (mile 32.2), with a maximum clearance of 12'8". This is the measured clearance for both lanes of the road. RVs, camping trailers, and horse trailers are welcome, but be prepared to shift into low gear.when going downhill.

 

Available Phones Along Skyline Drive

MILE LOCATION PHONE TYPE
0.6 Front Royal Entrance Station Emergency phone (auto dial)
4.6 Dickey Ridge Visitor Center Restrooms Local/calling card/collect only phone
31.5 Thornton Gap Entrance Station Emergency phone (auto dial)
51.2 Big Meadows Campground Emergency phone outside campground office
65.5 Swift Run Gap Entrance Station Pay phone
79.5 Loft Mountain Wayside Emergency phone (auto dial)
104.9 Rockfish Gap Entrance Station Emergency phone (auto dial)
Old Rag Parking Area (Rt. 600, near Nethers, VA) Emergency phone (auto dial)
Whiteoak Canyon Boundary Trailhead (Rt. 600, near Syria, VA) Emergency phone (auto dial)

Emergency phones connect directly to the Park emergency services number: (800) 732-0911

Last updated: November 17, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray , VA 22835

Phone:

540 999-3500
Emergency Phone: 1-800-732-0911

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