Port Royal and Caroline County, Virginia
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The Stonewall Jackson Shrine, a 40 acre historic site is operated by the National Park Service. The nearby cities of Fredericksburg, Richmond and Washington, D.C. are easily accessible and provide a wide variety of cultural, social and athletic events.

The Rappahannock and Mattaponi Rivers are used extensively for boating and fishing. The river follows Caroline'seastern border, providing opportunities for boating, fishing, wildlife watching and water sports. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks or jon boats in Port Royal.

Paramount's King's Dominion, located just 20 miles south of the county, is a large amusement park offering several different activities daily throughout the season including, one of a kind attractions and stunning shows with Hollywood glamour. A waterpark is also available for enjoyment during the summer months.

Port Royal is one of the area's more historic towns. It was first established in 1652 as a port on a navigable portion of the Rappahannock River during an era when waterways were the major method of transportation of people and property in the British Colony of Virginia. Port Royal was incorporated as a town in 1744. The "town green", upon which stands today the Town Hall and the firehouse, was forever reserved "for public and civic use". Shipping of property from the port began to decline after completion of railroads which began in Virginia in the 1830s. The last scheduled passenger ship service ended in 1932, supplanted by highways. However, Port Royal was served by the new highways which became U.S. Route 17 and U.S. Route 301, with their crossroads at Port Royal.

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SKYLINE DRIVE...
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. You can enter Shenandoah at four places: Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340, Thornton Gap at Rt. 211, Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33, and Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250 (also the northern entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway). It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day.

As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts on the west side (right side if you are traveling south) of the road. These posts help you find your way through the park and 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.

The speed limit is 35 mph, so you can roll down your windows, feel the breeze and experience every curve and turn of this beautiful drive. There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west or the rolling Piedmont to the east. The park purposely leaves the roadsides unmowed so wildflowers put on a show all year long.


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