We spent last Friday driving the length of Skyline Drive. We spent Thursday night in Winchester at the George Washington Hotel and Friday in Staunton at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Get these places on Priceline, both were great stays. I have been to the park a couple times, but not my wife.
We did 3 short hikes, with two of them climbing the 2 highest peaks in the park, Hawksbill Mt and Stony Man Mt. Terrific views from the top. Stony Man was the easier climb. Our third hike was Bearfence Mt. Lots of fun going over the rock scramble with more excellent views from the top.
We were fortunate to see 2 bears, both were crossing the street. I was slow with the camera but did get some pics of bear #2.
If one is pressed for time I like the two northern sections of Skyline Drive. More specifically, the middle section is by far the best from Thornton Gap to Swift Run Gap.
These pics are of Old town Winchester, the 3 hikes I mentioned, plus our time spent in West Virginia. The Virginia pics are #1 through 63.