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Visit and enjoy the rural beauty, history, and charm of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. Whether you are taking a walking tour of Berryville, or a driving tour of the countryside, or eating in the wide variety of restaurants in the county - from country cooking to fast food, ethnic cuisine to fine dining - tou are sure to be pleased.
See historic sites and homes, go cycling on the scenic roads, canoe and fish on the Shenandoah River, go horseback riding, play golf, take a balloon ride, or hike the Appalachian Trail.
During the Civil War, Clarke County was in the midst of Col. John Singleton Mosby's theater of operations. There are many well-marked sites of his skirmishes within the county. Confederate General Jubal Early's army fought the Battle of Cool Spring along the Shenandoah River and General Robert E. Lee, whose wife was born in Clarke County, camped here on his way to Gettysburg. The Civil War devastated the area, but many of the old plantation homes survived and still stand today.
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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.