This past weekend, our see-where-the-road-takes-us drive lead us to an early spring scenic drive in Shenandoah National Park. Every once in a while we like to jump in our car for a destination-unknown afternoon drive. This time our wandering led us within a few miles of the northern entrance to Shenandoah National Park. As many of my readers know, it is nearly impossible to keep me away from a national park, so we followed the signs and drove on it. We were also really lucky because Skyline Drive is frequently closed due to winter weather!
Skyline Drive is Finally Open
I had read on twitter last week that Skyline Drive, the main road that runs through the park, was finally open after being closed for winter. As the DC area is still trying to figure out if it is winter or spring, we didn’t expect a lot of traffic and that made us want to venture in even more. During the summer, Skyline Drive can get crowded and personally, I find it distracts from the the solitude and beauty of the park (hint: go during the week!). Thankfully, our guess was correct and there were a minimum number of travelers, giving us the pleasure of driving at our own (slow) pace and leaving us plenty of space at the overlooks.
Winter in Shenandoah National Park
While the park has always been beautiful to me during spring, summer, and fall, it was able to hold its own during winter too. The endless hills were stunning under the heavy cloud cover and the snow-covered trees were nothing short of spectacular. It was still winter in Shenandoah National Park. Scroll down to see the photos from our trip along the Skyline Drive: