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


    National Park Virginia

Backcountry - Map Information


Planning resources (maps and guidebooks): The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) publishes three topographic maps ($8 each) which cover Shenandoah National Park. If you only want to buy one, consider map # 11 (South District) if you prefer solitude, or either #9 or #10 if you prefer busier trails, some of which include waterfalls over 70'. If you plan to hike more than 100 miles total, or plan to hike the Appalachian Trail including side trails, plan on buying more than one map. The PATC guidebook ($12) is very helpful for planning specific mileages and finding boundary trailheads, as well as providing general information on every trail in the park. There is also a packet that includes all three PATC topographic maps and the PATC guidebook, and it sells for $29. These materials, as well as other trail guides, are available from:

and online at:

Did You Know?

The early post card view of the Marys Rock Tunnel is typical of the iconic use of images of the engineering structure

The 600' long Marys Rock Tunnel was completed in 1932 and the public considered it a scenic wonder. It became iconic and tunnel images were used on everything from post cards to jewelry.