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

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Permits

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 car cruises, 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 weddings or other ceremonies that will be coordinated by the authorized concessions operator, DNC Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, contact the DNC marketing office at 540-843-2115. For all other weddings or ceremonies in the park click here for an application. Regulations are being developed regarding First Amendment demonstrations and distribution of printed material. For information or to schedule an event, please contact the park at 540-999-3500 ext. 3374. Completed applications may be emailed to chad_tinney@nps.gov or mailed to the Concessions Management Office, Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US HWY 211 East, Luray, VA 22835

  • Commercial Filming Permits must be obtained when filming is done by other than bona fide newsreel or news television. To apply for a Commercial Filming Permit contact the Concessions Management Office at 540-999-3500 x3374 or email chad_tinney@nps.gov.
  • Commercial Photography Permits are required if photography is to be done of vehicles, or other articles of commerce, or models for the purpose of commercial advertising. To apply for a Commercial Photography Permit contact the Concessions Management Office at 540-999-3500 x3374 or email chad_tinney@nps.gov.
  • Commercial Use Authorizations are required for engaging in any business. To apply for an Commercial Use Authorization contact the Concessions Management Office at 540-999-3500 x3374 or email chad_tinney@nps.gov.
  • A Permit to Hang Glide or Paraglide in Shenandoah National Park is required. Pilots may only use approved launch sites. For regulations, certification requirements, and to apply for a permit contact the Concessions Management Office at 540-999-3500 x3374 or email chad_tinney@nps.gov.

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 Shenandoah salamander is long and slender with two color phases: all dark or with a narrow red stripe.(

Shenandoah National Park is the only known location in the world of the Shenandoah Salamander. More...