Scenic Routes Within 60 Miles of Woodgrove

Scenic Routes Within 60 Miles of Woodgrove

Hannah Schneeberg

Written by Hannah Schneeberg, Justin Rader, and Hope Davison

Sprawling forests engross the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains while the Potomac River roars to the east. This is the Virginia our forefather Thomas Jefferson described as being “worth a voyage across the Atlantic.” Three locations have been picked that best represent the gorgeous views of the Piedmont, and the students and staff of Woodgrove are implored to look upon its beauty.

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This scenic location is only 44 short minutes from Woodgrove. From Purcellville, take 7 East for about 15 miles, then turn left onto Georgetown townpike for 13 miles. Next, turn left on Old Dominion Drive for 5 miles until you arrive at Great Falls Park. With over 800 acres, there are many different trails to hike.
Whether you want to scale the rocky cliffs, take a leisurely walk in the woods, or even go to an overlook of the Potomac River, there’s a path for everyone at Great Falls. There’s even a visitors center complete with maps, a gift shop, and concession stands underneath the building. Take caution when around the falls, as senior Dylan Sisk can attest to.
Sisk “loves going there and watching the kayakers brave their way down the rapids.”

 

 

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Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive can be accessed most easily through the town of Front Royal, near the major highways Rt. 66 and 340. From Purcellville, it is easiest to take Rt. 7 west until arriving in Berryville. When in Berryville, turn onto Rt. 340 south, where you’ll then enter Front Royal. Shenandoah National Park can be accessed here from the north.
Skyline Drive is the only public road through the park itself; it offers native wildlife and gorgeous views of the Piedmont to the east, or the Shenandoah Valley to the west. Many of Woodgrove’s own students camp here, as well.
“I camped at Skyline Drive”, says senior Mark Doherty. “I saw a lot of bears, and the drive up to the campsite was one to remember.”

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Snickersville Turnpike

From Purcellville, take route 690 south approximately five and a half miles, then take a right on Snickersville Turnpike. Snickersville Turnpike takes you from the town of Aldie on Rt. 50 to Rt. 7, while going through the towns of Philomont, Airmont, and Bluemont.
On this road, you will find beautiful views of the Blue Ridge mountains whilst looking through the lush canopies of trees that line the road. Snickersville turnpike has many old stone walls that run along the side of the road, adding a rustic feel to the drive. The tree-lined roads will capture the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves, which sophomore Lauren Sheehan has experienced herself. “This road shows beautiful fall colors and fields of scenery. It’s a beautiful drive and I look forward to going back soon,” said Sheehan.