Skyline Drive is a destination both locals and tourists flock to in order to see fall foliage.
, a 105-mile roadway that takes visitors along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park, is a breathtaking ride. The entrance starts at Front Royal, Va. and stretches down to the Charlottesville vicinity, with a couple of entrances in between.
Operated by the National Parks Service (NPS), it is not uncommon to see a high volume of traffic during the October weeks. This past weekend saw beautiful temperatures and many visitors headed out to drive, hike, photograph and picnic along Skyline Drive.
The NPS had noted that fall foliage during the week of Oct. 12 had reached about 75 to 90 percent peak, so this writer thought this past weekend would be an ideal time to go. This was a venture I'd been trying to time for years and was my first visit; I wasn't disappointed.
Cruising down the road at a leisurely pace, there were dozens of overlooks to stop at and absorb not only the fall foliage, but the natural beauty of the region. It was interesting to see the diversity of peaks traveling south. Different sections of the ride highlighted a variety of trees, some of which were bursting with color, some green and others already bare.
The trip along Skyline Drive takes about three hours each way. This writer only got maybe to the 65-mile mark, just a little over halfway, before it was time to turn around. Next year I'll have to make a better plan which will allow for the entire drive. Highly recommended drive if you live in the area or are traveling through.