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Shenandoah National Park in Virginia
August 16, 2014

There was not any place to park or stop near the entry sign so Karen Duquette had to snap the below photo through the truck window. After entering the National Park, the two RV Gypsies had to choose either the south drive or the north drive. Most cars went south, but Lee Duquette went north. In hindsight, the two RV Gypsies recommend taking the south drive.

Thornton Gap Entrance to Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive directory

history bookShenandoah National Park was established in 1935 before skyscrapers and air travel were commonplace. It was designed to give visitors the opportunity to stand at the top of a mountain and see as far as the eye allows. Shenandoah National Park's scenic roadway, Skyline Drive, follows the crest of the Blue Ridge mountains for 105 miles. Construction of Skyline drive began even before Congress established the National Park. At the southern end, Skyline Drive joins the Blue Ridge Parkway which stretches 469 miles to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Of course, the two RV Gypsies did not drive that far on this date, although they have been to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Below is the view from one of the 75 scenic overlooks on the Skyline Drive. Note: Many of the overlooks only provided a view of trees, which the two RV Gypsies find happens quite often.

view from scenic overlook

Below: Old Rag's crest is strewn with massive Old Rag granite; rock that is ten million centuries old. There is a natural staircase through the granite walls on Old Rag. But of course it cannot be seen via this very long distance view.

sign about Old Rag
a very long-distance view of Old Rag

Karen Duquette has always liked "naked trees" and photographs them whenever she can.

a naked tree in Shenandoah National Park
Karen Duquette in Shenandoah National Park on Skyline Drive

A short trail leads from this overlook to broader views at Crescent Rock, 100-yards to the left. The photo below is a 360 degree panorama.

Karen Duquette and a 360 degree panorama in Shenaandoah National Park.
The two RV Gypsies walk to a ledge for another view
Karen Duquette taking a break in Shenandoah National Park
panorama at Crescent Rock overlook

Then the two RV Gypsies went back towards the park entrance, to drive Skyline Drive South. They drove through a tunnel, then stopped to photograph the view from the other side of the tunnel, but all they could see were trees, so Lee Duquette just took a photo of Karen Duquette by the tunnel.

The two RV Gypsies approach a tunnel
entering the tunnel
inside the tunnel
Karen Duquette on the other side of the tunnel

The two RV Gypsies drove more of the Skyline Drive, but found that there were so many cars everywhere and they never found any room to park their truck, so they headed back out of the park. There are over 500 miles of trails, but most of the hiking trails were much longer than what the two RV Gypsies wanted to hike. And the parking lots were totally filled at the shorter hikes. No wildlife was seen by the two RV Gypsies on this date at Shenandoah National Park, but it was a nice drive anyway.

Karen Duquette in Shenandoah National Park

NOTE: If you came here from the very brief drive on Skyline Drive in 2023, return there now. Otherwise continue on in 2014 with the menu below.

Menu for the two RV Gypsies in Virginia
August 6-17, 2014

You may visit these 17 sections in any order you choose.

US Marine Corp emplemNational Museum of the Marine Corps

Snowflex tubing

The cities of Lynchburg and Madison Heights

A bike ride on the Riverwalk

The Singing Tower in Luray

Downtown Hampton

Gloucester Point Beach Park

Shenandoah National Park (this page)

Luray Caverns - flashback to 2001

Enchanted Dragon Mirror Maze - a combination of 2014 and 2023

Skyline Caverns in Front Royal - a combination of 2014 and 2023

U.S. Navy emblemHampton Harbor Cruise, Naval Ships and Fort Wool

pizzaAngela's Italian Restaurant

August 2014.

Chesapeake Bay RV Resort - TT

Lynchburg TT Campground

Prince William Forest RV in Dumfries

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have viewed all seventeen (17) sections above, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Maryland.