Skyland, Virginia, is situated in the striking Shenandoah National Park and snuggled away in the heart-stopping landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This famous stop offers nature its finest and unquestionable sweet getaway from the concrete jungle. At an elevation of 3,576 feet, the encompassing natural beauty is picturesque and engaging to visitors with a blend of interests. You can hike, ride a horse, fish, hunt, watch birds, relax, and take in that crisp, fresh, mountain air.
Skyland can be reached via Skyline Drive, a National Scenic By-Way that runs along the mountain tops and meanders through Shenandoah National Park. You can witness breathtaking panoramic views of the famous “blue” mountains and the surrounding pristine Shenandoah Valley on the way.
The best time to visit the region is anytime from spring through fall, but as frequent guests can attest, the fall foliage is not to be missed while traveling through this spectacular part of Virginia. By motor car, horseback or foot, visitors will be thrilled by the majestic beauty.
The best way to get up-close and personal with all the splendour is via an excellent selection of hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous and can take from thirty minutes to a whole day on how much time is spent lounging in the grand views. The Limberlost Trail is one of the most leisurely hikes, and also an ADA accessible trail. The 1.3 mile loop is best experienced from spring through fall and is enjoyable for visitors of all ages and physical capabilities. Another super-easy trail is Millers Head Trail, which offers an excellent vantage point to take photos that will surely be lifelong memories and reminders to return for more.
For a more difficult hiking trail, try the Cedar Run – Whiteoak Canyon Loop, a challenging but impressive hike comprising of various flowing waterfalls and stunning lush vegetation. The trail can be somewhat rugged and strenuous at times, but the views are worth it. One of the most popular hikes is on the Appalachian Trail, which offers phenomenal views of Stony Man Mountain from Marys Rock, featuring impressive panoramic views year-round, but the most merry scenes are observed during autumn when the leaves of oak, maple, and other native hardwoods burst with colour. The duration of the hike is slightly long and requires experience with hiking, but it is undoubtedly a great way to spend a memorable day in Shenandoah National Park.