Learn About the Park

Shenandoah National Park may be known for its hiking but there are so many different aspects of the Park to learn about and experience. Check out more about our history and wildlife, browse our photo galleries or come here on an educational trip- it's all here to discover!

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The southern Appalachians support a vast diversity of unique and fragile ecosystems. Learn about the plants and animals of Shenandoah.

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Science and Research

Dig into the latest findings of scientific studies being conducted in the park, and learn how you can get a permit do research here too!

A wooden rustic cabin with a porch, two doors, and a stone chimney is surround by fog in the woods.


People have lived in what is now Shenandoah National Park for many years. Read the stories of their hardship, sacrifice, and triumph.

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Here's the info you need to plan a curriculum-based field trip, a self-guided adventure, or a long distance learning opportunity!

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Fun for Kids!

Are you interested in becoming a Junior Ranger or a Ranger Explorer? We have the information and downloadable books you are looking for!

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Browse news releases, follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out news as it is happening in the park.

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Photos and Multimedia

Explore photo galleries, watch ranger podcasts, or see the park in real time with our webcams.

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Find out more about us and our guiding principles, laws and policies, and some basic statistics of Shenandoah National Park.

Last updated: October 19, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500

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