Skyline Drive - Shenendoah NP Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

Skyline Drive - Shenendoah NP

VA, USA

All the cycling data and info you'll need to climb Skyline Drive - Shenendoah NP

Page Contributor(s): Craig Arcuri, Johnstown, PA, USA

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Climb Summary


Cycling Skyline Drive, Virginia - NPS sign for Shenandoah National Park on the Skyline Drive

Cycling Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Ride 104.9 miles gaining 11,253’

This is a magnificent bike ride that is one of the Big Three in the southeast:  

  • Skyline Drive/Shenandoah National Park (Virginia; 105 miles)
  • Blue Ridge Parkway (Virginia/North Carolina; 469 miles; connects Shenandoah and the Great Smoky Mountain National Parks)
  • Cherohala Skyway (Tennessee/North Carolina; 43 miles).

Cycling Skyline Drive, Virginia - map showing Skyline Drive, through Shenandoah National Park

The ride is along a ridgeline and entirely within Shenandoah National Park.

Shenandoah National Park was established in 1935, is made up of 199,173 acres, and hosts around 1.2 million visitors a year.  There is the standard national park entrance fee of $15 to ride on Skyline Drive through the park (nps.gov), or free with your lifetime over 62 America the Beautiful National Parks Lifetime Pass (like yours truly 👍👍)

There are two visitor centers on our route:

Cycling Skyline Drive, Virginia - NPS sign for Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center -- mile 4.5.

Photo:  Skyline Drive Overlooks

Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center -- mile 51.

Photo:  Skyline Drive Overlooks

Thanks to Craig Arcuri of Johnstown, Pennsylvania for the photos he took along his 105 mile trek through the park on October 19-20, 2020.

Cycling Skyline Drive, Virginia - photo collage, fall foliage throughout the park, PJAMM Cycling logo in corner