Shenandoah National Park – Skyline Drive – Mid Atlantic Motorcycle Heaven

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Skyline Drive runs 105 miles from Front Royal, VA to Rockfish Gap, VA through Shenandoah National Park. If you live in the Mid Atlantic region, you must visit this American Byway.

Passengers can take great pictures!

We went last October with our HOG chapter but were just a wee bit too early to catch fall foliage color. Even so, we were in awe of the spectacular mountain vistas. Skyline Drive is a comfortable two lane road that meanders along the spine of the of the Blue Ridge. The speed limit is 35 mph and there are 75 scenic overlooks. The views are awesome. I think we took over 200 pictures. There are three entrance/exit points. One at each end of the park and one in the middle. The park features visitor centers, camping, a gas station, a lodge and a souvenir shop. The parks highest peak is 4,050′ Hawksbill Mountain. The parkways highest point is 3,680′ at Skyland. You can stay overnight at the Skyland Resort. The park is known for it’s beautiful wildflowers that grow along the roadside and its abundance of furry creatures that like to stroll across the road. We encountered white tail deer and a squirrel.

Skyline Group Shot

We left Elkton, MD early Friday October 5th, 2007 and traveled to Frederick, MD. Along the way we traveled some of Maryland’s Byways including but not limited to Mason Dixon, Horses and Hounds and Old Main Streets. We stopped at Harley Davidson of Frederick for a brief travel rest. Then we continued on to Winchester, VA. We stayed at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn which featured a Perkins restaurant on-site. Before dinner we met up with some of our fellow FSH HOG members who rode up separately. We met at Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson/Buell, Virginia’s oldest Harley dealership.

Cruising Skyline Drive

On Saturday we rode Skyline Drive and had a fantastic journey along the mountain ridge and through the clouds. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed the ride. The curves of this road were made for motorcycles. It was like one long giant S turn after another for hours. Steering your bike through the park one turn after another is like a dance. You get into a rhythm that reminded me of a waltz. We stayed at the Knights Inn in Staunton/Verona. It was a little off the beaten path, but the lower rates were worth the few extra miles.

On Sunday we traveled through Charlottesville to Fredericksburg, VA. The country roads in Virginia were fantastic. We caught up with Route 301 in Maryland and took that north. We stopped at Harley Davidson of Annapolis just in time to catch the end of their HOG chapters ride in motorcycle show. Unfortunately we missed the free food! After awhile we hopped back on Rt 301, crossed the Bay Bridge and rode up into Delaware. Another fantastic trip! Check out our photo album.

Harley Davidson of Frederick 301-694-8177

Winchester Harley Davidson 540-662-4468

Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn 540-662-4154

Knights Inn Staunton/Verona 540-248-8981

Shenandoah National Park 540-999-3500

If you would like us to e-mail you a copy of the Rider Packet that we provided to our members as a Word document please e-mail me at editor@roadcaptainusa.com and we can send that to you. Includes our ride routes, maps, hotel and park information, etc…

5 Responses to “Shenandoah National Park – Skyline Drive – Mid Atlantic Motorcycle Heaven”

  1. Thanks for the info and the trip. I turned on my fan and pointed it at my face as I looked at your picts so I felt like i was there. It’s freak’in 85 degrees here. Hey. I don’t know how to say this bro without sounding like some kinf of freak, but Mrs. RC is just way too hot. I don’t think you should post anymore picts of her for your own good. Your a lucky dude so don’t go screwing it up. I want that rider packet. You have my email right?

  2. Thanks for the info on the ride. Some friends are travelling over there this year, I might join them. I would be interested in this ride route.

  3. I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, but I feel I must caution you that I was given some information regarding construction along Skyline Drive this year. There will be some lane closures and gravel. Check out this website: http://www.nps.gov/shen/parknews/shenandoah-national-park-to-begin-skyline-drive-road-reconstruction.htm

  4. […] stopped at Winchester Harley Davidson in Virginia for lunch (we previously stopped at Winchester on our Skyline trip last year). The Winchester dealership had a nice cafe and we enjoyed the […]

  5. […] October our HOG chapter took a trip to Skyline Drive which runs through Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Skyline Drive was awesome and some of the […]

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