Access Points & Orientation
The park and its Skyline Drive have only four entrances. Northernmost is at Front Royal on U.S. 340 near the junction of I-81 and I-66, about 1 mile south of Front Royal and 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. The entrances to the Central District are at Thornton Gap, 33 miles south of Front Royal on U.S. 211 between Sperryville and Luray, and at Swift Run Gap, 68 miles south of Front Royal on U.S. 33 between Standardsville and Elkton. The southern gate is at Rockfish Gap, 105 miles south of Front Royal at I-64 and U.S. 250, some 21 miles west of Charlottesville and 18 miles east of Staunton.
The Skyline Drive is marked with mile posts, starting at zero at the Front Royal entrance and increasing as you go south, with Rockfish Gap on the southern end at Mile 105.
The access roads divide the park into three areas: Northern District, between Front Royal and U.S. 211 at Thornton Gap (Mile 0 to Mile 31.5); Central District, between Thornton Gap and U.S. 33 at Swift Run Gap (Mile 31.5 to Mile 65.7); and Southern District, between Swift Run Gap and I-64 at Rockfish Gap (Mile 65.7 to Mile 105).
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