Swift Run Gap - Skyland

Distance:  48 miles

Climbing:  100 feet per mile

 

Description:  A truly extraordinary ride, this route climbs through the Shenandoah National Park on the Skyline Drive from the Swift Run Gap entrance for 24 miles before turning around at the Skyland Wayside and heading back.  Skyland is the highest point on the Skyline Drive; you are guaranteed to get your fill of scenic mountaintop overlooks.  Don’t miss it.

 

Stores:  Mile 24 (Skyland Wayside)

Alerts:

1.  A fee is required at the entrance to the national park unless you already have a pass.  Most passes can be used for up to four riders.

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Starting Point:

     Swift Run Gap Entrance Station

     US 33 & Skyline Drive

     Elkton, VA 22827

     GPS:  38.358559, -78.546956

 

From Charlottesville, take US 29 North to US 33 and turn left (west).  Continue for 15 miles to the top of the mountain (Swift Run Gap) and turn right onto the Skyline Drive entrance ramp.  Park just beyond the entrance station (fee or pass required).

© 2016 William Lowe