Sunset, lone tree in field, Blue Ridge Mountains, Skyline Drive National Scenic Byway, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA.
Sunset rays highlight a lone tree in the Blue Ridge Mountains along Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway which runs 105 miles (169 km) along the ridge of long and narrow Shenandoah National Park, in Virginia, USA. To the west is the broad Shenandoah Valley. The south end of Skyline Drive connects with the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 469-mile (755 km) long scenic highway that ends in North Carolina at the east entrance of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (which spans into Tennessee). The Blue Ridge Mountains are a physiographic province of the larger Appalachians (see map). Trees release a haze of hydrocarbon gases which selectively backscatter blue light, the name source for the Blue Ridge Mountains. Shenandoah NP was authorized in 1926 and fully established on December 26, 1935. Almost 40% of its land has been designated as Wilderness, protected as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Panorama stitched from 3 overlapping photos.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download