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Galax, Virginia is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains. On the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Virginia Historic Landmark, Galax is rich with tradition, shopping, recreation and scenic beauty. It offers everything from quaint downtown shops to hiking and Old Time Bluegrass Music festivals.
Galax, Virginia is home to the largest Old Time Bluegrass Fiddler's Convention as well as the New River Trail. During the spring and summer, the area is blessed with many festivals and conventions, then in the fall and winter, you'll find special events in addition to the fabulous show Mother Nature puts on every day of the year, first at the leaves turn scarlet, orange and gold and then as refreshing mountain snows blanket the landscape.
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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.