Backcountry Camping - Getting a Permit
A Backcountry Camping Permit is required for all backcountry camping.
The permit can be obtained at visitor contact stations during business hours. Permits for Appalachian Trail long-distance hikers are available by self-registration on the Trail near Shenandoah National Park entry points.
If you are planning your visit well in advance (allow two full weeks), permits are also available by mail from Park Headquarters. You may download a permit application and send it to:
Remember that you should have your camp set up before dark in order to avoid damaging the park resources or injuring yourself. At the park, permits will be issued only between the hours of sunrise and one hour before sunset.
Did You Know?
The small circular pits (Opferkessels) often found in the rocks of Shenandoah National Park’s cliffs and summits are formed by standing water.