October 25, 2008

The View from Dickey Ridge

Looking out from the Visitor Center at Dickey Ridge, Shenandoah National Park.

For motorists entering Skyline Drive at Front Royal, the Visitor Center may be their first stop. It features a frequently-repeated film introducing the park, some wildlife displays, a light-up map, and a bookstore.

Once upon a time there was a small restaurant here. Now you can bring food with you to eat in the nearby picnic area, or continue driving to Skyland or (if you are heading north) to Front Royal. That town has the usual fast food outlets and various restaurants, plus a Martin's Supermarket. Hidden in the historic district is the charming Main Street Mill Restaurant, and if you follow Route 340 north to Riverton Commons (just past I-66 exit 6) there's a new Cracker Barrel, a Checkers, and some other chain eateries.

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