From time to time, circumstances may necessitate the closing of trails or other actions to ensure visitor and resource safety. As part of your planning, visit this page to get special alerts and information. If you are a frequent visitor, you may want to bookmark this page.
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Parkwide Trails Alert - April 24, 2019
Due to a number of successive damaging ice and wind storms over the last 5 months, there are many trees across trails throughout the park. The Appalachian Trail is passable, and high-use trails such as Dark Hollow Falls and the trails on Old Rag will be cleared by Memorial Day weekend. Trail crews hope to have other trails cleared by July. Please be prepared to turn back if a trail is blocked and please avoid forming new social trails that may cause erosion and other issues.
South District - April 18, 2019
STONY MAN AREATo protect sensitive resources, the park has initiated a temporary closure of a 10.6 acre portion of the backcountry in the Stony Man Area. This closure is expected to run from 3/4/19 to 6/30/19.
Temporary Relocation of a Portion of the A.T.
Storm Conditions and High Water Levels (9-17-2018)
Exercise extreme caution at the boundary access to Whiteoak Canyon. The water crossing has become treacherous due to excessive rain.
Water levels throughout the Park are higher than normal. Be cautious around streams and waterfalls. Ground saturation with additional rain and winds can cause trees to fall. If you choose to hike in the Park, be vigilant about your surroundings and keep safety first.
Beldor Fire Road/Horse Trail (7-25-2018)
WHITEOAK AND OLD RAG BOUNDARY ACCESS
Parking at the Whiteoak boundary trailhead is very limited. The upper lot is closed because the bridge has flood damage. Please plan accordingly as you may not find a parking space on busy weekends and holidays.
Whiteoak Canyon and Old Rag can be accessed from the Park's boundary off Route 600. At each of these boundary trail accesses there are Shenandoah National Park-managed parking lots (for about 90 vehicles at Whiteoak and about 265 at Old Rag). Parking in these lots is free.You are required to purchase an entrance permit. Landowners with property adjacent to the Park are charging a fee for parking on their property near both of these areas. Paying a private citizen to park does not affect the entrance fee. Be sure to check the Shenandoah lot for availability before paying to park.
Jeremys Run Trail Boundary Access (October 31, 2017)
The boundary access to Jeremy's Run Trail across private property at State Route 611 is temporarily closed by the landowner. The park trail remains open. We ask that visitors respect the landowner's wishes and avoid this private property until further notice. The park is actively working to resolve the access situation.
Boil Water at South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds (1-18-17)
The water supplies at South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds may contain disease-causing organisms. These organisms include bacteria, viruses, and parasites which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, infants, young children, and older adults are at increased risk of illness.
Do not drink the water without boiling it first! Bring water to a boil for one minute. Boiled water should be used for drinking, cooking or any food preparation, handwashing, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.
BOUNDARY ACCESS ALERT-SUGAR HOLLOW ACCESS TO MOORMANS RIVER: OFF-PARK ROAD CLOSED AND REDUCED PARKING NEAR CHARLOTTESVILLE RESERVOIR
Virginia VDOT recently closed a section of Route 614 to vehicles due to a road washout. This closure prohibits vehicle access to the road past the Charlottesville Reservoir parking area (outside the Park's boundary) used by hikers and horse enthusiasts to reach the North and South Forks of Moormans River in Shenandoah. The vehicle restriction does not prohibit hikers or horses from using the corridor up to the Park boundary. Please note that no overnight parking is allowed at the reservoir. In addition, if there are vehicles parked there during the day, there my not be space to turn around with a horse trailer.
TRAIL IMPACTS DUE TO FRAGILE VEGETATION
POCOSIN HOLLOW AREA (8-25-11)
The recommended access to Pocosin area trails is via Skyline Drive from the parking area at mile 59.5.
Last updated: May 8, 2019