Because I thought I could
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Wash DC Metro
Bikes: November, Trek OCLV, Bianchi Castro Valley commuter
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Interesting question. I biked Skyline last June from Front Royal to Elkwallow and back. I'd like to do Big Meadow one of these days but I'm not yet up to it. I'm not sure where you could leave a car overnight - a lot of people park in the shopping center with the K-Mart or on the side of the road approaching the park entrance, but that's for a day. Driving in would give you a lot more options, including entering the park closer to Big Meadow and visiting other parts of the park to hike if you want a change of pace. OTOH, the admission fee for a bike is a bit less than for a car and that's less gas you'll need to buy. If you drive and then bike, you may want to keep in mind the elevation profile; the descent from just south of Dickey Ridge to the entrance is fun!, but I'd hate to do it knowing I then have to ride back up it to get to dinner, bed, and car.
Be aware that water and food stops on Skyline Drive are limited, so make sure you carry enough with you. I understand that Panorama is now closed, so southbound I think that means there is no water between Elkwallow and Big Meadow.
I'd also ask on the bikewashington Yahoo group and the "pedalers" pptc-related email list on google groups for folks with more current information.
Last edited by ks1g; 06-05-08 at 09:35 PM.
Reason: additional info