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Roadtrip with RVshare Skyline Drive to Shenandoah National Park

Your Skyline Drive RV road trip is overflowing with fun and intriguing cities, national parks, and cool points of interest to explore. Just outside the boundaries of Shenandoah National Park, you'll have a blast in the cities of Front Royal, Harrisonburg, and Waynesboro where you'll walk their historic streets and sample the local cuisine. A visit to New River Gorge National Park adds more adventure to your trip, and you'll also have chances to explore the Virginia Beer Museum, Luray Caverns, and the Frontier Culture Museum on your road trip from Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. 

Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park Road Trip Itinerary

  • Trip Length: 3 hours
  • Mileage: 105 miles
  • Fun Fact: Skyline Drive stretches the entire length of Shenandoah National Park, and it goes through the largest black bear refuge in the state of Virginia.

Nearby National Parks

Shenandoah National Park

The majestic scenery of Shenandoah National Park is the crown jewel of your Skyline Drive road trip. Start your time here with a visit to the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at the north end of the park to check out a few exhibits, grab some info, and hit the bookstore. Over 500 miles of hiking trails take you to must-see places such as Old Rag Mountain, Big Meadows, Stony Man, and Dark Hollow Falls. Designated wilderness areas can be accessed via many of the trails, and most can be seen from overlooks throughout the park. More activities to enjoy include fishing on Piney River, biking on Rapidan Fire Road, and stargazing in the Skyland area.

New River Gorge National Park

Take a worthwhile two-hour-and-25-minute detour to New River Gorge National Park on your road trip to Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. At this West Virginia park, adventure abounds as you trek rugged hiking trails, go on whitewater rafting excursions, and scramble up your choice of over 1,600 challenging rock-climbing routes. A peaceful day fishing on New River is a great way to catch your breath before heading to the New River Gorge Bridge, an architectural marvel that hovers 876 feet above the river. 

Nearby State Parks

Sky Meadows State Park

Sky Meadows State Park is a history-rich, day-use park with fantastic scenic views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, you'll have over 1,800 acres of breathtaking pastures and woodlands to explore on hiking, biking, and bridle trails that include Appalachian Trail access. Be sure to check out the historic farm, fish on Turner Pond, and go on a self-guided audio tour on the Sky Meadows State Park Sensory Explorers’ Trail to experience everything that this park has to offer. Monthly astronomy programs are also available if you'd like to do some stargazing at this International Dark Sky Park. 

Shenandoah River State Park

Shenandoah River State Park is another amazing day-use park that features more than 24 miles of hiking trails, spacious riverside picnic areas, and sweeping views of nearby Massanutten Mountain and Shenandoah National Park. Find the perfect fishing spot on over five miles of shoreline, or hit the water for a day of boating, kayaking, or canoeing. Horseback riding and biking are more fun activities to enjoy at Shenandoah River. 

Seven Bends State Park

Explore the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at Seven Bends State Park, a recreational oasis just a few miles from Historic Downtown Woodstock. Eight miles of hiking trails allow you to trek through burgeoning forests and to nearby summits such as Powell Mountain while exciting fishing excursions have you angling for smallmouth bass along the seven bends of the Shenandoah River. If you prefer to chill, enjoy an afternoon of floating, kayaking, or canoeing.

Along the Way

Virginia Beer Museum

A visit to the Virginia Beer Museum is perfect for the beer connoisseur or recreational libation enthusiast and should definitely make it onto your road trip itinerary through Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. In this fascinating little museum, you'll chart Virginia's beer culture and history from its inception up to the state's booming beer scene that boasts over 200 delicious craft breweries. The museum also serves a wide variety of beers, most of which are brewed in Virginia, for those who are up for a sip of history. 

Luray Caverns

Luray Caverns has the largest array of caverns in eastern America and is one of the most unique geological features in Virginia. Fascinating tours take you on underground expeditions through massive, 10-story-high rooms with impressive sandstone formations and glowing blue pools. Your ticket also includes above-ground attractions to the Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, Toy Town Junction, and Shenandoah Heritage Village, a 7-acre replica of a 19th-century farming community. While you're here, don't miss a chance to get lost in the Garden Maze, a mysterious labyrinth with 8-foot-tall hedges, hidden tunnels, and picturesque fountains. 

Frontier Culture Museum

The Frontier Culture Museum is a festive, living history museum that transports you back in time as you walk the sprawling grounds to historic farmland recreations. Old-world exhibits include English, West African, Native American, German, Irish and American farms from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, each with its own interpretive signage and live demonstrations. This museum is extensive and covers 200 lush acres. There are walking paths for self-guided tours to the 11 exhibits, or you can catch a ride on the shuttle. Golf cart rentals are also available. 

Main Cities You Will Pass Through

Front Royal, Virginia

As the gateway to the iconic Skyline Drive, Front Royal is the perfect place to enjoy a bit of Southern hospitality and history before you hit the road. If you're looking for the inside scoop on what to do, check out the Front Royal/Warren County Visitor Center for a tailor-made itinerary, and then, grab a bite to eat at the Blue Wing Frog followed by cocktails at Glen Manor. The charming, small-town atmosphere only gets better as you stroll down the historic main street that's lined with quaint boutiques and fantastic eateries. Visits to the Royal Horseshoe Farm, the Backhouse Brewery, and the Shenandoah Axe Throwing Company add even more fun and adventure to your time in this unique little city near Manassas.

North Fork Resort offers an excellent array of amenities such as multiple restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities; a 24-hour security station; and a family center. Fun activities include everything from horseshoes and fishing to mini-golf and tennis. There's also a dog park, mail drop, and two dump stations on the premises. 

Harrisonburg, Virginia

In Harrisonburg, you'll have 40 blocks of museums, art galleries, restaurants, and shops to explore in a popping downtown district along with a variety of nearby wineries such as the Purple Wolf Vineyard. At the Golden Pony, you can check out a live show before sampling some tasty concoctions at the Three Notch'd Valley Collab House. Get outdoors and walk the woodland trails of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens to see what's in bloom, and then, wander through the fragrant fields of the White Oak Lavender Farm. Be sure to hit the 150 Franklin Street Gallery to view some art and the Friendly Fermenter for some savory suds. 

A stay at Harrisonburg / Shenandoah Valley KOA Holiday treats you to a variety of exciting seasonal events like Movies Under the Stars and special theme weekends in addition to unique amenities such as Hungry Bear Pizza, which is made fresh to order and delivered right to your RV. You'll also have access to a dump station, Kamp store, and 24-hour laundry facilities. 

Waynesboro, Virginia

Waynesboro welcomes you to explore the southern tip of the Shenandoah Valley on once-in-a-lifetime hikes through the Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail and wine-hopping adventures to the Flying Fox Vineyard, Cardinal Point Winery, and Afton Mountain Vineyards. In town, you can immerse yourself in the rich culture of the area at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center and catch a live performance at the historic Wayne Theatre. If you're looking for a truly massive burger and an ice-cold beer, then Stable Craft Brewing is the place for you. 

Waynesboro 340 N Campground invites you to experience the beauty of central Virginia while enjoying spacious campsites, complimentary Wi-Fi, hot showers, a swimming pool, and a basketball court. A dump station is also located on the grounds for your convenience. 

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