Skyline Drive Status
Winter Weather is in the forecast so please check before coming. For the most current Skyline Drive Status, call 540-999-3500, choose Option 1, and then Option 1. You can also use Facebook and Twitter for updates. More »
Night Closures of Skyline Drive
Portions of Skyline Drive will be closed at night (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) during hunting season. Starting November 11 the north and south sections will be closed at night. The entire Drive will be closed at night starting December 9. More »
Winter Operations Schedule
Contact: Karen Beck-Herzog, 540-999-3300
Shorter days and cooler night remind us that the autumn travel season will come to an end, and signal the closing of facilities at Shenandoah National Park. Superintendent Chas Cartwright announced today that facilities begin closing at the end of this month.
Visitor Centers will be operated as follows: Dickey Ridge and Harry F. Byrd Visitor Centers will both remain open until November 26th.
Campgrounds will operate on the following schedule: Matthews Arm, Lewis, Loft Mountain, and Dundo Campgrounds will close on October 29; Big Meadows Campground will remain open until November 26.
Concessioner-operated restaurants, lodges and associated facilities will operate as follow: Lewis Mountain Cabins, Lewis Mountain Campstore, Loft Mountain Wayside, Loft Mountain Campstore, and Loft Mountain Shower/Laundry will close on October 29; Elkwallow Wayside and Big Meadows Lodge will close on November 5; Skyland Resort, Big Meadows Wayside, and Big Meadows Shower/Laundry remain open until November 26.
This winter the following picnic areas will remain open year round, weather permitting: Elkwallow, Pinnacles, Lewis Mountain and South River Picnic Areas. The following picnic areas will close for the season on November 6: Dickey Ridge and Big Meadows. Loft Mountain Picnic area remains closed. .
Skyline Drive is open year round; however, the Drive may be temporarily closed on short notice due to winter weather conditions. During weather closures, park staff will work to open the North and Central Districts (from Front Royal to Route 33) first, followed by the South District, from Route 33 to Rockfish Gap.
For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park go to http://www.nps.gov /shen or call the park at (540) 999-3500.
Did You Know?
Shenandoah National Park may be one of the few places where you could see a spotted skunk sitting under a gray birch tree. The spotted skunk is at the northern part of its range while the gray birch is at the southern part of its range.