Phase Three: What You Need to Know

A paved road meanders underneath green trees.
 

Park Hours

Shenandoah National Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Campgrounds

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.

Backcountry Camping

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.

Hiking Trails

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.

Visitor Centers

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.
Big Meadows Park Store: Open Thursday - Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Big Meadows Outdoor Ranger Contact Station: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Concessions-operated Services

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

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:

  • Most importantly, if you feel sick...stay home!
  • Once in the park, practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others, and wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained. Plan your activities so that you can maintain social distancing and look for less popular hikes and overlooks.
  • Please plan to pay your entrance fee with a debit or credit card to minimize use of cash.
  • Practice good hygiene: wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (use hand sanitizer out on the trail), cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough, and avoid touching your face.

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.


While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/prevention-tips/, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please visit www.goshenandoah.com for operational updates from Delware North, the park concessioner.

Last updated: September 21, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500
Emergency Phone: 1-800-732-0911

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