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Skyline Drive Foliage | by Larry W Brown
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Skyline Drive Foliage

Autumn foliage on an overcast afternoon, as seen along a section of Skyline Drive in the Central District of Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.


EXPLORED October 16th, 2011


Skyline Drive is the byway that I travel many times a month to get to my favorite photography areas in Shenandoah National Park.


The Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park.


It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day (the speed limit is 35 MPH). Skyline Drive has been designated a National Scenic Byway and a National Historic Landmark. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling piedmont to the east. Please refer to this web page on my companion web site (Guide To SNP and Skyline Drive) for detailed info on the 75 overlooks.


As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts along the way. These posts help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park. At Rockfish Gap, the Blue Ridge Parkway begins, and continues a similar path along ridge tops through Virginia and into North Carolina, terminating at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.



I uploaded this one at a bit larger size than what I generally do - so of course I'm gonna tell you that it looks much better when viewed large in the Lightbox - go for it, press the L key :-)



3 bracket shots - merged and lightly tonemapped in Photomatix Pro



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Taken on October 11, 2011