Laws & Policies

Superintendent's Compendium

The park Compendium includes:

  • what areas of the park are open to the public and the hours when they are open;
  • what activities require a permit, either from the park or from another government agency;
  • what resources must be preserved; and;
  • what rights and responsibilities visitors have when they visit the park.

Firearms in National Parks

The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.

Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.

The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting.

Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

State law generally does not prohibit the open carry of handguns, rifles, and shotguns. Concealed carry of handguns requires a permit.

For more information about Virginia gun laws, please visit their website.

Relevant VA Weapons Statutes:

VA State Code § 18.2-279 to 18.2-312

Last updated: December 19, 2019

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12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
Hardy, VA 24101


(540) 721-2094

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