Shenandoah National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Campgrounds are open at full capacity. You can make reservations at www.recreation.gov. As usual, there are some first-come, first-served sites. Lewis Mountain Campground remains first-come, first-served only.
The backcountry, including shelters and huts, is open for overnight camping. Backcountry campers should be self-reliant and review camping regulations online or at kiosks to self-register for their backcountry permits. You can register online or at self-registration kiosks located at Entrance Stations, Loft Mountain Wayside, North and South entry points of the Appalachian Trail, and the Old Rag Trailhead parking area. Backcountry cabins are available for rental on weekends by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.
All boundary trailheads are open, including Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon. Use designated parking areas only. Vehicles parked illegally may be ticketed and towed. Entrance fees will be collected at the boundary trailheads, unless you have a current pass.
Beginning Friday, August 14, 2020, outdoor contact stations will be staffed 5 days a week at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (closed Wednesday/Thursday) and 7 days a week at Big Meadows Visitor Center, weather permitting. Park stores will be open inside during contact station hours to a limited number of patrons (masks are required). Indoor exhibits and theaters will remain closed at this time. Rangers and staff will be available to answer questions, hand out Junior Ranger books and badges, offer pre-stamped papers for passport cancellations, supply maps, and assist in planning trips. Hours of operation for the outdoor contact stations are as follows:
Dickey Ridge Park Store and Outdoor Ranger Contact Station: Open Friday - Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All lodges, waysides, and campstores run by Delaware North are currently open. This includes: Elkwallow Wayside (mile 24), Skyland Lodge (mile 41.7 or 42.5), Big Meadows Showers and Woodyard (mile 51), Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore (mile 57.2), Loft Mountain Campstore (mile 79.5), Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51), and Loft Mountain Wayside (mile 79.5). Masks are required for entry into all facilities.
Picnic Grounds are open.
Facilities Remaining Closed
Massanutten Lodge and Rapidan Camp historic structures remain closed at this time.
A few simple things can help ensure a safe visit:
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Shenandoah National Park, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
Last updated: September 21, 2020