Vehicle Fuel Available at Big Meadows ONLY!
Vehicle fuel is only available at Big Meadows (mile 52). Gas service has been discontinued at the Loft and Elkwallow areas.
There has been an outbreak of Norovirus among Appalachian Trail (A.T.) hikers. For information about how to protect yourself click here. More »
Backcountry - Map Information
Planning resources (maps and guidebooks): The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) publishes three topographic maps ($6 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 ($10) is very helpful for planning specific mileages and finding boundary trailheads, as well as providing general information on every trail in the park. These materials, as well as other trail guides, are available from:
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Did You Know?
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.