Phase Two: What You Need to Know

A paved road meanders underneath green trees.
 

Shenandoah National Park has reopened access to:

  • The entire park is open 24 hours a day.
  • 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 their backcountry permits. Kiosks are 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 will be available for weekend rental by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club at patc.net. More information on backcountry camping can be found on the park's website.
  • UPDATE JULY 13: Campgrounds are now open at full capacity and additional sites have been made available for reservation. You can make reservations at www.recreation.gov As usual, there are some first-come, first-served sites. Lewis Mountain remains first-come, first-served only.
  • Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run circuit trails are open from both Skyline Drive and the boundary. Entrance fees will be collected at the boundary trailheads, unless you have a current pass, and parking will be limited to available parking spots in designated parking areas only. Vehicles parked along the roadside will be ticketed and towed.
  • All boundary trailheads are open. Use designated parking areas only. Vehicles parked illegally may be ticketed and towed.
  • Picnic Grounds are open with one exception.

Concession-operated services will open as follows:

  • June 11, 2020: 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). Masks are required for entry into facilities.
  • June 25, 2020: Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51)
  • June 26, 2020: Loft Mountain Wayside (mile 79.5)

Beginning June 12, 2020, the Park will reopen access to:

  • The Park Store at Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) is open, operating 5 days a week (Thursday through Monday) from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. A limited number of patrons are allowed at one time and masks are required.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) and the information desk and exhibit in Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51)
  • Massanutten Lodge, and Rapidan Camp historic structures

Planning ahead is important.

Keep yourself and others safe by making a plan before coming to Shenandoah.

  • Please plan to pay your entrance fee with a debit or credit card to minimize use of cash.
  • Plan your activities so that you can maintain social distancing and look for less popular hikes and overlooks.
  • Since facilities are closed, bring everything that you'll need with you: water, snacks, hand sanitizer, and a face mask.
  • We cannot give out park maps or hiking maps so be sure to download them and bring them with you!!
  • Download the park app, as well as the offline content, before arriving in the park to help you find your way around.

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.
  • 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.

Hike responsibly.

  • Do not attempt to access areas that are closed. They are closed for your safety.
  • Use this opportunity to explore less popular areas that you've never been to! If the parking area is full, don't park in the grass or along the road...move on to another area.
  • Finally, make sure to choose hikes that you are physically capable of doing, and don't take chances.

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.

We have amazing virtual tours of Shenandoah National Park, all of the time, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out our website for interactives, photo galleries, videos, and webcams: https://www.nps.gov/shen/shen-love.htm

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/shen and social media channels: https://www.facebook.com/shenandoahnps/, https://twitter.com/ShenandoahNPS, and https://www.instagram.com/shenandoahnps/. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please visit www.goshenandoah.com for updates about park concessioner, Delaware North’s operations.

Last updated: July 28, 2020

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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