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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-29-2014, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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The guys from work are wanting to take a two day ride from Columbus OH area to do the skyline drive in late September. I've never ridden it and am looking forward to doing it. There will be a group of about 7 bikes going, plan on hoteling it. I assume we're just taking interstates to get there, being that its just a two day trip.

Where does the S.D. actually begin and end?
What quick stops should we make? Again, just two days so we don't have a lot of time to play.
Nice area to stay with good food?
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If you're talking about the Shenandoah National Park In Virginia I found this info on the web.
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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. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.

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When I did that trip recently, I grabbed some awesome food in Waynesboro, VA at www.Jakesbarandgrill.net and stayed an inexpensive, clean room at the Red Roof Inn in Staunton VA.

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I entered the skyline at the northern point of Front Royal VA

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Super slab it to Front Royal, then South to Waynesboro, 105 miles, 35 mph. When it ends you're almost at mile marker 0 for the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you head home from Waynesboro, (clean hotels in walking distance to the Outback and a few other places to eat), you can then jump over to US 250 that cuts through VA & WVA voted #2 in the state or US 33 voted #1 in the state and ride by Seneca Rocks a very unusual rock formation that's worth a look see before you head home. Just rode through there on July 4th weekend, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Riding it that time of year will be a very nice ride. The Skyline Drive has plenty of paved pull offs for viewing and picture taking if you desire. If you start on the northern end, Front Royal, VA is a neat place to stay. Harpers Ferry is also close by and if you have time it's worth the ride over to check it out.
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Super slab it to Front Royal, then South to Waynesboro, 105 miles, 35 mph. When it ends you're almost at mile marker 0 for the Blue Ridge Parkway. If you head home from Waynesboro, (clean hotels in walking distance to the Outback and a few other places to eat), you can then jump over to US 250 that cuts through VA & WVA voted #2 in the state or US 33 voted #1 in the state and ride by Seneca Rocks a very unusual rock formation that's worth a look see before you head home. Just rode through there on July 4th weekend, I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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Do yourself a BIG FAVOR and add another day or two to your trip if you can.
The Skyline Drive is a nice ride but the better riding is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Skyline is pretty short at 105 mi and even at 35 mph you will be through it in 3 hours.
The BRP is over 400 mi and is real real cool riding, the BRP is 45 mph with real nice sweepers and great views all along the ride and if the fall colors are in you will be in for a special treat.
What is great about both the skyline and the BRP is that there is NO stop signs or stoplights and there is NO heavy trucks allowed except for deliveries or trash pickup. If you need gas, food or lodging you will have to get off the Skyline or BRP for service.
I took the ride in the spring time and I started at Front Royal.


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Did Skyline Drive a few years back. If you want a seat break about half way, I highly recommend stopping at Luray Caverns in Luray, VA. Never been into caves much, but got the recommendation from a family member and was truly impressed.
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Do yourself a BIG FAVOR and add another day or two to your trip if you can.
The Skyline Drive is a nice ride but the better riding is on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Skyline is pretty short at 105 mi and even at 35 mph you will be through it in 3 hours.
The BRP is over 400 mi and is real real cool riding, the BRP is 45 mph with real nice sweepers and great views all along the ride and if the fall colors are in you will be in for a special treat.
What is great about both the skyline and the BRP is that there is NO stop signs or stoplights and there is NO heavy trucks allowed except for deliveries or trash pickup. If you need gas, food or lodging you will have to get off the Skyline or BRP for service.
I took the ride in the spring time and I started at Front Royal.
+1 on everything Ironmark said. Skyline is beautiful no doubt but the Blue Ridge gets prettier and prettier the further south you go. Its all beautiful but the further south you go the mountains get bigger.

Past Boone theres the amazing Lynn Cove Viaduct built away from the front of the mountain cause back in the day the government couldn't get permission to build a road through there. To complete the road they built the Lynn Cove Viaduct....and past Boone the tunnels also start. The further south too the speed limits drop in spots, but it has nothing to do with the roads its just during certain times of year the area gets so congested with people.


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