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Skyline Drive + ADD NEW ROUTE


2   in Virginia Virginia105 Miles

By MCR Contributor
on July 12, 2011

4.9out of 5

20 Riders rated

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Written Directions

Skyline drive begins in Front Royal, VA which is about 80 miles west of Washington DC. Just hop on Skyline drive and take it south all the way through the Shenandoah National Park ... the end point is basically the town of Waynesboro, VA.

From there you can either turn around and do this awesome road again or you could conveniently continue right on to the Blue Ridge Parkway (... another fan

Scenery

You'll be riding through the beautiful Shenandoah National Park and see great mountain views and wildlife like deer and an occasional black bear ... but you'd better pay attention to the road as its loaded with turns!

Road Quality

It's 105 miles of twisty mountain roads....all smooth, clean road. Speed limit is only 35 mph due to the wilderness and mountains. You may reach 50mph but even at 35 it's very relaxing and enjoyable. Note: it can be damp in the morning from the elevation of the mountains.

Roadside Amenities

Camping....hiking...sightseeing throughout Shenandoah National Park. Plenty of places to pull over, stretch the legs, and take in the beautiful views.

Additional Info

Nickname (optional) : V-Twin Rider

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 5 out of 5 members found this review useful.

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We left York Pa, heading for the BRP, and figured it would be a great warm-up. Beautiful scenery, great roads, just amazing. I wanted to stop at every lookout to take in the views. We rode from Ontario not sure what to expect....now we can't wait to do it again. An absolute must.

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By TheBuffaloSoldier
on August 7, 2014 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make Triumph Rocket III

Motorcycle Type Touring

In my opinion this ride should be on every motorcyclists bucket list! What a phenominal experience! I rode from TX to NY and took the opportunity to ride The Three Sisters, Natchez Trace Parkway, Cherahola Skyway, Tail of the Dragon, Blue Ridge Parkway and to my delight finished up with Skyline Drive! The variation- curves, hills, straight aways is enought to keep the ride very interesting. On the Blue Ridge and Natchez after a while it felt like the movie Ground Hog Day or 50 First Dates! LOL! But on Skyline Drive there seemed to always be something new around the corner, including a juvenile Black Bear that hung out road side and seemed to pose for pictures. Got a little nervous taking pictures of the little guys because kept wondering if Moma Bear would suddenly make an appearance which would have not been good sitting on a motorcycle. Lot's of places to stop and take pictures at key elevations and Skyline Hotels right on the drive. I made the ride in late July and higher elevations above 4,000ft was quite chilly so bring a jack or fannel shirt even during the summer time when you make this ride! This is a relaxing, varied and truely beautiful scenic ride that I highly reommend to all riders!

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 3 out of 4 members found this review useful.

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Great ride, I went as per instructed, but turned around after the tunnel, which is shorty after RT 211 (about halfway) - the scenery was great, and the ride when I doubled back was even better as all the traffic seems to come from the north gate southbound. I took Rt 55 which was also fun and dined at Apples Homemade BBQ - vgood!

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By Erico21
on September 4, 2015 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Wow. This was just amazing, by far best ride I've ever gone on! Roads are spectacular, lots of places to stop at, Premium gas available half way through the park, caught 3 rainstorms from the south end to the north end of the park and it was still an amazing ride! This is a must for anyone around this area!

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By Kaz
on July 16, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Harley

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful ride. I'm working in DC for 6 months, and I've been here 3 times already. The turns are awesome, the road is well-kept, and the road is angled just perfect throughout the turns.
There are deer and other wildlife throughout the park so watch it.
Also be sure to fill up before you enter the park.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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The Best Road I've ever ridden. Went in July . The weather was great and the road condition was even better, no pot holes, no gravel, no leaves. $10.00 toll per bike but was well worth it. I think I want to live somewhere along the Drive. LOVED IT!!! The hundred miles flew by.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 2 out of 3 members found this review useful.

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Wonderful ride! Rode the 105 miles from Front Royal to Waynesboro. Scenery is breathtaking, with plenty of places to stop and rest and admire the beauty. Saw one bear that crossed the road about 50 feet in front of us, and numerous deer. Excellent pavement and sufficient amenities along the way. Speed limit is 35 mph, which is just about right. Plan on taking at least 4 hours to make the ride. A must-do ride!!

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By ThomasB
on July 4, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Triumph Tiger 1050

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Did this on my way home from RUN for the WALL into Blue Ridge Parkway, very nice ride, a lot like Blue Ridge parkway.

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By GJRonK
on February 10, 2013 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I rode this in summer, 2012. It was part of a ride up the whole Blue Ridge Parkway, too. I was disappointed in that the scenery didn't seem to be as spectacular as further south, but still a wonderful ride. What makes it so nice is the roadway surface and curves, the lack of traffic most of the way, and that you can really take your time to look at the scenery. This route is not made for one in a hurry.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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I have ridden this route several times mostly starting in Cherokee NC though. For a relaxing and scenic ride its the best I've been on. Riding the entire Blue Ridge Pkwy is something I haven't been able to do yet but I plan to in the future in the future.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 1 out of 9 members found this review useful.

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I road down from NJ to see my friend in virginia. He took me here around 9 in the morning and killed 2 hours tearing up this route. Speed limit is posted 35.....didn't really follow it. we tore this road up. I was coming down the skyview part and my heart sank as the view was unbelievable. the roads were smooothhh. theres only like 3 park police but they will ride your ass. luckly only saw 1 coming back. I'll be back next year for some more action!! wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Great ride even in the rain. We caught a lot of fog early in the morning at high altitude.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Check before going to see if road surfaces have been milled/ground rough for miles or not like in 2008. This rough surface with the small grit it leaves on the road makes 2 wheel cycles slip and slide. I wish that when they do this for miles it gets posted on website "road conditions".

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Absolutely perfect! God's country with polished roads......

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Great road! Took your advice and went for the ride and it was every bit as enjoyable as was described, although I found the most fun part of the ride this road called 211 which comes right down the side of the mountain and for a sport bike is definitely alot of fun!

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By Srcaseyjr
on January 6, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 05

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki 750s

Motorcycle Type Sport

Nice scenic road with picnic areas and overlooks. Do the speed limit, 45mph mostly.

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By Adventure_Rider
on October 11, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make BMW F-650GS

Motorcycle Type Other

I have ridden this stretch of roadway four times between 1990 and 2006 on bikes (twice on a 1989 HD Ultra, once on a 2003 BMW R1150RT & once on a BMW F-650GS). The RT ride was the most fun by far because of the handling characteristics of the bike.

Be sure to take your camera and enjoy the look outs and signage shots. Most impressive during the fall.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 0 out of 2 members found this review useful.

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rode here from ohio on rt 50; trip over was good , mostly twisting up and down hilly terrain, mostly good roads; the skyway was even better, beautiful scenery and great rods, very little traffic (went 6-12 to 6-22 of 2009); nice roadside views and a few areas on the skyway to fuel up or get food; pretty remote otherwise; traveled then to the blueridge parkway and road it until storms and low clouds made riding impossible to continue....will definitley go back!

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Go easy on the loud pipes here, as you're driving directly through an otherwise very quiet camping area and National Park. :-)
That said, Mountain Meadows is an awesome stop, and the amenities here are unbelievably good for being on a mountain ridgeline that's several miles to the nearest town at any point.

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By MCR Contributor
on July 13, 2011 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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As far as scenic motorcycle routes go, the skyline drive is by far the best (and most abundant at it) road I have been on in my travels so far. Which includes the entire eastern third of the US with nearly 100,000 miles on 2 wheels. The skyline drive and entire blue ridge parkway is perfectly spaced with viewing areas and boasts endless stretches of scenic views. It's you, the road, and open-air nature. Amenities are kind of scarce but that's what I hope for on a good day's ride, but be aware of your gas and plan ahead.

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