Backcountry and Wilderness Camping
Shenandoah National Park has 196,000 acres of backcountry and wilderness and over 500 miles of trails to explore. Backcountry and wilderness camping allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty and challenge of Shenandoah's wild side. By carrying everything you need to survive on your back, up over rocky peaks and down though lush stream hollows, you can discover a world beyond where the pavement ends.
Additional areas are closed due to high use, or special natural or cultural resources that need added protection:
Closed areas are signed and it is the camper's responsibility to know and observe these closures.
The wilderness itself is historic; the historic process that gave protection and allowed the return of wild nature is continuing. Shenandoah is both a preserving and a creating park.
~ Darwin Lambert