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

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Places To Go

A bend lies ahead on Skyline Drive in the early fall.

NPS Bob Kuhns

The first thing you will see when you arrive at Shenandoah National Park is an entrance station. During most times of the year, you will be greeted by a ranger who will take your entry fee and provide you with a map and other information about the park.

When you enter the park you will be on Skyline Drive and here the fun begins. Not only is this roadway an experience in itself, it is the route to all places of interest in Shenandoah. All along the Drive there are beautiful overlooks, designed to give you spectacular views.

In addition to a few stops along the way at your favorite overlooks, plan a stop at the visitor centers, bookstores, and exhibits. There are also lodges, restaurants, and gift shops. Big Meadows, right in the middle of the park, is a great place to spend some time and you will see hiking trailheads all along the Drive.

If you want to visit virtually, get to know Shenandoah National Park by clicking on Nature & Science and History & Culture. Take a web trip to other National Park Service areas by visiting nps.gov and the Web Ranger site.

Did You Know?

Big Meadows Lodge, completed in 1939, is listed on the National Register and typifies early park service rustic architecture.

Over 340 structures in Shenandoah National Park are listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of their significance both for architecture and their contribution to understanding the broad themes of American History? More...