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Virginia and North Carolina Vacation: Day 1 – Warren PA to Front Royal VA

Our 10-day Virginia and North Carolina vacation began on Saturday, August 20th.  We traveled by car. We departed home (Warren PA) en route Front Royal VA at 7:15 am.

Within 1 1/2 hours we saw five deer.  One deer ran across Route 219 in front of the car ahead of us.  A short distance later, just after we turned onto route 153, on a bridge crossing the Little Toby Creek, we saw four deer in the water. That would have been a good picture. Bob turned around and drove back over the bridge. As we were stopping, the deer got spooked and ran off.

At 9:00 am we stopped for breakfast at Dutch Pantry Restaurant in Clearfield.  This is our go-to breakfast place, whenever traveling through this area.  Bob ordered eggs and corned beef.  I had a Western Omelet.  As always, breakfast was good.  

Our plan was to make it to Virginia, before getting fuel. In West Virginia we were running on empty. We had never left the gas tank get so low. We didn’t want to risk the fuel gauge being inaccurate or mess up the fuel injector if we did run out of gas. At 12:07 pm we purchased 2.132 gallon of gas at Sheetz in Berkeley Springs WV. Fourteen miles later, at the Liberty Fuel Station in Cross Junction VA, we filled up the gas tank.  Why didn’t we fill up the tank at Sheetz? The price of gas at Sheetz was $3.96/gallon. The price of gas at Liberty was $3.69/gallon.

We arrived in Front Royal VA at approximately 2:00 pm. We drove past the B&B that we had reserved for the night. Check in wasn’t until 3:00 pm, so we decided to get a head start on seeing the sights of Skyline Drive. We planned to drive the entire length of Skyline Drive the next day.

We entered Skyline Drive from Sperryville, via the Thornton Gap Entrance Station. We drove north.

Thornton Hollow Overlook
Milepost 27.5 – Elevation 2,460 ft.
Jeremys Run Overlook
Milepost 26.5 – Elevation 2,410 ft.
Hogback Overlook
Milepost 20.7 – Elevation 3,385 ft.
Little Devils Stairs Overlook
Milepost 20.0 – Elevation 3,120 ft.
Marshall Mountain Overlook
Milepost 19.0 – Elevation 2,850 ft

We stopped at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center.  I obtained a National Park Service passport cancellation stamp, a rubber ink stamp that records the name of the national park and date of your visit.

We left the visitor center at 3:30 pm and made one more stop on Skyline Drive.

Shenandoah Valley Overlook
Milepost 2.8 – Elevation 1,390 ft.

We, then, drove to the Bed & Breakfast in Front Royal that we had reserved for the night. The Bed & Breakfast will be the subject of my next blog post.

Today’s map

2 Responses to “Virginia and North Carolina Vacation: Day 1 – Warren PA to Front Royal VA”

  1. Beatrice

    Wow I am really far behind in blog reading, Linda, so I am starting at the beginning of your adventure and will be reading forward to catch up. Great overlook shots including Hogback Mtn which we have also seen on a previous trip.

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