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Skyline Drive: Milepost 0.0 to 10.0

Shenandoah National Park copyright map by Alan Eastep Skyline Drive from Thornton Gap to Front Royal (32 miles) was opened to the public on October 1, 1936 and cost $1,235,177 or, approximately $42,000/mile.  (In 2011 dollars, it is $19,857,647 or about $675,224/mile.)

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

The CCC "boys" did not construct the roadbed of the Drive as has at times been suggested. However, there would be no Skyline Drive without the efforts of the CCC. 

They graded the slopes on either side of the roadway, built the guardrails and guard walls, constructed overlooks, planted hundreds of thousands of trees and shrubs and acres of grass to landscape both sides of the roadbed, built the picnic areas and campgrounds, comfort stations, visitor contact and maintenance buildings, and made the signs that guided visitors on their way. Many served as the first park interpreters.

Milepost 4.6 Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Shenandoah National Park Map 1A copyright map by Alan EastepOpen: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Daily)

Available Facilities:

  • Restrooms

  • information desk

  • exhibits

  • videos

  • sales

  • publications

  • maps

  • backcountry permits

  • first aid.

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