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Rugged Dickenson County is located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. The county has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the eastern United States while its amazing terrain offers fabulous opportunities for recreation.
Situated in the county is the John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir offering three campgrounds, five boat ramps, picnic areas, fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, swimming and picnic shelters.
During the first four weekends in October, water is released into the Russell Fork River. The challenging rapids for rafting and kayaking range in class from three to five plus.
For hikers and horseback riders, the Cumberland and Pine Mountain Riding and Hiking Trail spans 28 miles from the Breaks Interstate Park to Pound Gap near Pound, Virginia. From this trail, you can enjoy a beautiful scenery of mountain crests from Virginia and Kentucky.
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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.