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Westmoreland County lies between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers on a peninsula known as Virginia's Northern Neck, halfway between Washington DC and the Chesapeake Bay. Surrounded by water and steeped in history, Westmoreland County offers an abundance of year-round recreational opportunities and landmark historic sites.
Retrace our nation's early leaders' steps at National Register Historic Sites like George Washington National Birthplace Monument and Stratford Hall Plantation. Experience the natural beauty of the county's 5,450 acres of nature preserves and trails. Enjoy boating and fishing along 250 miles of shoreline. Stroll through or bike between charming small towns.
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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.