From Sperryville to Shenandoah National Park: 3 Suggested Itineraries

In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park sits on nearly 80,000 acres of land. The park is long and narrow and has many beautiful places to explore with its tall mountains, wooded forests and amazing views. The park is just down the road from your Sperryville bed and breakfast.

Skyline Drive
3655 Hwy. 211 East
Luray, VA 22835
www.nps.gov/shen

Skyline Drive is a popular attraction in the Shenandoah National Park. The drive is 105 miles long and runs north and south along the top ridge of the mountains. Enjoy a slow, meandering drive as you experience the beautiful mountain views, wildlife, waterfalls and more. The speed limit is only 35 miles per hour, so plan to spend at least three hours on the drive. There are places to pull over off the road if you want to get out and walk around. There are markers every mile along the road, and Big Meadows (a developed area) is about halfway through the drive. There are several points of interest along the way and four entry points to Skyline Drive, if you don't want to drive the entire 105 miles.

Visitor's Centers
3655 Hwy. 211 East
Luray, VA 22835

If you're new to the area, stopping in at one of the two visitor's centers in Shenandoah National Park is a good idea. The Dickey Ridge Visitor's Center is located at the 4.7 mile marker on Skyline Drive, and the Harry F. Byrd Visitor's Center is at the 51 mile marker. You can pick up lots of information at the centers such as maps, brochures and permits, and even watch an orientation movie to better acquaint you with the park. There are restrooms, interactive exhibits and first aid in both centers. The Fox Hollow Trail Head begins at the Dickey Ridge Visitor's Center, and there is also a large picnic area with barbecue grills. There is a restaurant at the Harry F. Byrd Visitor's Center near Big Meadows. The centers are a short drive from your Sperryville inn.

Waterfalls
3655 Hwy. 211 East
Luray, VA 22835

What better way to relax than beside one of the many waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park? There are several waterfalls along Skyline Drive that involve a short hike to view. There are too many waterfalls in the park to mention them all. Some involve long hikes, and others are fairly short. The tallest waterfall and one of the most popular in the park is the Overall Run Falls. This 93-foot waterfall is impressive with rock ledges to rest on, but the hike is more than six miles long with one steep climb. For those who would rather have a shorter and easier hike, the walk to Jones Run Falls is only 3.4 miles, and the climb is gradual. This waterfall is 42 feet tall with flat rocks to sit on and enjoy the water. Research the area and check maps before you start out on your hike. Always take along water and never hike steep trails when there is a chance of rain.