Backcountry Camping permits are required for visitors who want to camp in Shenandoah's backcountry areas rather than in developed campgrounds. These permits are available free from park headquarters, visitor centers, and entrance stations. (more ...)
Special Park Use permits are required for some activities such as special events and commercial filming and photography. Applications for permits should be submitted to the appropriate park official well in advance for consideration and processing.
Special Use Permits are required for special events such as weddings and other ceremonies, car cruises and group bicycle rides, gatherings, distribution of printed material and other public expressions of views, and other activities that are otherwise controlled or prohibited. For information on the park's special event policies click here. For an application to conduct an event in the park click here. For an application to conduct a wedding or other ceremony in the park click here. Regulations are being developed regarding First Amendment demonstrations and distribution of printed material. For information and to schedule an event, please contact the park at 540-999-3500 ext. 3300. Alternatively, to apply for a Special Use Permit contact the Public Affairs Specialist, Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US HWY 211 East, Luray, VA 22835
This listing is not complete. If you have any uncertainty about a planned activity it is best to contact the Superintendent's office beforehand to inquire about the need for a permit.
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.