Date of Visit: April 14-15, 2014
How we got there: Drove from Charlottesville, VA, a half hour from the Rockfish Gap Entrance.
Lodging: Skyland Resort
- Skyline Drive – Runs 105 miles through the entire length of the park and has 75 scenic overlooks.
- Dark Hollow Falls – The most popular trail in the park leads 1.4 easy-moderate miles down to a multi-tiered waterfall.
- Stony Man Trail – Easy 1.6-mile trail with 340 ft elevation gain leads to the rocky summit of Stony Man Mountain, which looks like the profile of a man from below. Part of the route follows the Appalachian Trail. Trailhead is adjacent to the Skyland Resort.
- Hawksbill Mountain – Upper Hawksbill Trail is a 1.7-mile route with 690 ft elevation gain. Leads to an observation platform at the highest point in the park, at 4,050 ft.
Tips: This park is very long and skinny, plan plenty of time to leisurely drive the entirety of Skyline Drive with its 35mph speed limit.
Next time: Hike Old Rag Mountain. Return during autumn to see the colorful leaves.