- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 4, 2001

It's leaf-peeper time, and the National Park Service makes it easy to find lodging along Skyline Drive. But reserve now: Competition for rooms is stiff despite high fall rates. The National Park Service Web site is at www.nps.gov/shen. For a chatty and informative, but unofficial, look at lodging options, see http:/ /members.aol.com/adnascar/ skylinedrive.html. Here's a guide to some of the more popular places to stay.
Skyland: Mile 41.7 at the highest point on Skyline Drive, 3,680 feet. 177 guest rooms, some equipped for the disabled ($97-$119 per night, depending on the season); rustic cabins ($65 a night); modern suites ($135-$165 per night). For reservations call ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment, Inc., the concessioner, at 800/999-4714 or 540/743-5108.
Big Meadows: Mile 51 at 3,640 feet. 25 rooms in the main lodge, 72 additional rooms in rustic cabins ($55-$75), multi-unit lodges ($65-$95), and modern suites ($105-$140, depending on the season). For reservations call ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment, Inc., the concessioner, at 800/999-4714 or 540/743-5108.
Lewis Mountain: Mile 57.5. Recreation area with several rustic, furnished cabins ($45) with private baths and showers, lights, heat, towels, and linen. Cooking is done in the connecting outdoor area (fireplace, grill, storage, and picnic table provided). For reservations call ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment, Inc., the concessioner, at 800/999-4714 or 540/743-5108.


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