Virginia’s famous Shenandoah Valley is nestled between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge mountain ranges. Over 200 miles long, it stretches from Harper's Ferry, WV to Lexington, VA, and contains the Shenandoah National Park and two National Forests. Today’s Shenandoah Valley is sprinkled historic places with colonial-era towns, wineries, Civil War battlefields, and craft breweries.
The staff at Apple Valley Hyundai, Winchester, VA urge visitors to come on down and see for themselves. It’s a perfect opportunity to grab the family, load up the car, and explore the beauty and charm of one of the country’s most beautiful areas. Here’s a selection of the best drives the Shenandoah Valley has to offer.
One of the most spectacular roadways in the country, the Blue Ridge Parkway is 469-mile long and links the Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you are going to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway, be sure to visit the Humpback Rocks Recreation Area, the 25-acre Sherando Lake, and enjoy a wine tasting at any of the many vineyards around the parkway’s northern entrance.
Skyline Drive is a 105-mile roadway which features endless Blue Ridge panoramas and 75 scenic overlooks. For family recreation, over 500 miles of hiking trails are located along the drive. Skyline drive is also a wildlife viewing bonanza. Chances are good that you’ll spot black bears, red fox, coyotes, and more than 190 different birds—that regularly appear near the roadway.
The Wilderness Road, locally known as Route 11, meanders through the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and links charming towns and historic places. The roadway is considered one of the most historic thoroughfares in Virginia. The Wilderness Road began as a pathway used by migrating bison and the Native American hunting parties in pursuit of them. In the 18th century, the thoroughfare was dubbed Wilderness Road, and used by settlers striking out for the frontier from cities across the East Coast.
Route 39, aptly named the Appalachian Waters Scenic Byway, links five counties in Virginia and West Virginia, extending from Lexington, VA westward to Summersville, WV. In Rockbridge County, the roadway showcases a picturesque corner of the Shenandoah Valley, paralleling one of the best whitewater rivers in the state—the Maury River. The highlight of the route is Goshen Pass, a stunning 3.7-mile gorge carved by the roaring Maury. Be sure to stop at the Goshen Pass Natural Area Preserve; the 937-acre natural area is woven with hiking trails and trails to secluded, tranquil swimming holes.
The Daughter of the Stars Loop is one of Virginia’s official Birding and Wildlife Trails. It loops from Front Royal south to Mount Jackson running along the edge of the Shenandoah National Park. Named for a Native American creation legend describing the Shenandoah Valley as "the stars placed the brightest jewels from their crowns in the river," the route meanders past magnificent scenery and a number of wildlife viewing opportunities.
If you are considering partaking in some of the beautiful scenery of the Shenandoah Valley, Apple Valley Hyundai, Winchester, VA is here to help. Whether its maintenance on your existing car or truck, or the purchase of a new Hyundai, the folks at Apple Valley Hyundai, Winchester, VA are glad to be of service.