• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park


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Laws & Policies

Firearms in National Parks

The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.

Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.

The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.

Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.


File Type/Size

Current Shenandoah National Park Compendium

(pdf, 153kb)

Commerical Filming Policy

(pdf, 50kb)

Cemetery Maintenance and Use Policy

(pdf, 27kb)

Wireless Communications Policy

(pdf, 66kb)

Hangliding and Paragliding Guidelines (pdf, 23kb)
Research and Collecting Policy (pdf, 23kb)
Use of Shenandoah National Park Logo (pdf, 19kb)

Alcohol Policy

Did You Know?

CCC enrollees collected native seed and raised plants in three nurseries in the park.

From 1933 to 1942 an estimated 10,000 boys and young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs, and native plants in Shenandoah National Park. Many of these were grown in three CCC plant nurseries from seeds collected within the park. More...