Was everything I could have hoped for and more. If you can and think you might want to drive it, do it. Also weekdays are good if possible.
I took pictures with my phone and didn’t know what I was doing but I wanted some pictures. Pretty much either car and view or just view. I saw many turkeys, some deer, hit a bird, etc but no pictures of any of that. I’ll post in the order I took them.
Near the start, weather was pop up nasty clouds and chance of storms the whole time. I have one 5 minute rain shower actually hit during my trip. I did have some areas with a lot of leaves and sticks and some logs in road from overnight storms. I think this helped keep traffic down.
Hit the highest peak and met some motorcycle guys one with a side car. I took a few pictures with the sign but forgot to get any without me.
Common theme for me was stop, take a picture, and go while the people leisurely hanging out looked at me funny. I like to look and go see what is next. Also driving the whole thing takes forever with long stops.
Took some pics with signs so I could figure out where they were.
I could drive for 15 minutes plus sometimes without traffic so I had many places nearly to myself.
Many entrances, same sign.
Owner must have been off hiking because I didn’t get to meet him/her. This pic was taken in one of the sections not near anything at all and very few people out and about.
Cool little 1 story lookout tower, had to watch out for the bees.
Mabry Mill, the wheel turns, mill doesn’t do anything though.
Close up of the duck.
Stopped to take this just outside Roanoke. There is a little extra driving trail. I was the only one on it so I did stop to take this.
View of town from up top.
Trying something different.
T-Tops went in and out. Windows up and down. Wipers on and off. Heat to nothing to A/C. Every 30 minutes the weather changed. I got sunburnt first day with a “Trucker’s Tan”
More overlooks just for me.
Right at the end I ran into a couple with a 2012 and snapped some pictures. The lady jokingly asked me to not take it from this side because the bumper is popped out. But I wasn’t gonna ask them to turn their car around.
Great trip, I wish I could have done Skyline Dr and Shenandoah Natl Park but I didn’t have time. I did miss 20 miles due to road closure as well but it is very hard to get the whole thing open aligned with 3 days to do it.