The views are the highlight of the drive.
If hiking is your thing there are numerous trails interlacing the park from short walks to long hikes. The Appalachian Trail intersects the drive thirty times mostly paralleling the road.
One of the hikes will bring you to President Herbert Hoover’s retreat Rapidan Camp. Rapidan Camp (also known at times as Camp Hoover) was built by U.S. President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover, and served as their rustic retreat throughout Hoover’s administration from 1929 to 1933.