Travel: A Day Along Skyline Drive

 

Last week I took a day to just explore with my camera. No agenda. No preconceived photo project. Just a full day to see what interested me.

The plan was simply to allow myself to be delighted by the sights and sounds along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.

 

 

It was a cold and windy weekday morning so the park was relatively empty. I started at the top of Skyline Drive and pulled over whenever the light was too good or the view was divine. It was slow going…

Eventually I made it down to the Upper Hawksbill trail (one of my favorites in the park) and decided to do the short but fairly steep climb to the summit. The view is stunning and always worth the effort. Plus, I met a super cute pup, Maggie, at the top!

 

 

The next stop was Dark Hollow Falls. There are several waterfall hikes along Skyline Drive and all are a little different. The Dark Hollow Falls trail connects with the Rose Water Falls loop trail so if time and energy allows, you could do both.

Note: This is one of the few trails in the park that does not allow pets so you’ll have to leave fido at home.

 

 

By the time I finished up exploring Dark Hollow Falls, it was mid-afternoon and I was ready for a little break. I headed north and stopped by the Skyland Resort for a cup of hot apple cider and a snack.  Then it was time to get back out for golden hour and sunset in the mountains…

 

 

 

As usual, Shenandoah put on a show. I ended up at Pass Mountain Overlook (mile marker 30) as the sun was setting and simply sat in awe. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.

I returned home refreshed and full of gratitude.

 

 

 

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