Alerts!

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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CAMPING RESTRICTED ALONG A.T. BETWEEN RIPRAP PARKING AND TURK GAP PARKING (October 6, 2017)
Due to recent bear activity, backcountry camping is restricted along the Appalachian Trail from Riprap Parking Area (Skyline Drive Mile 90), to Turk Gap Parking Area (Skyline Drive Mile 94.2) in the southern section of the Park. Hiking is still permitted along the Appalachian Trail. Hikers should take extra precautions to secure all food and related products. Learn more about bear safety.
 
BEAR ADVISORY (October 3, 2017)
Bear advisory in effect for the Wildcat Ridge/Turk Mountain area. An approximately 200-lb. bear is demonstrating very persistent behavior attempting to get hikers' food. All should take extra precautions that all food and related products need to be completely secured according to Park regulations. Park staff is evaluating the situation for management action. For more information: https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/nature/bear_safety.htm

Important reminder!! Be sure to keep a "clean" campsite. Be aware of food scraps and smells that may attract bears and other animals to packs and to tents.
 
Boil Water at South River and Dundo Picnic Grounds (1-18-17)
Note (10-3-17) There is no water at South River due to dry conditions.
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.
 
WHITEOAK AND OLD RAG BOUNDARY ACCESS
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.
 

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

In order to better protect the fragile plants that live on some of Shenandoah's rock outcrops, the park has implemented some very limited closures. Small areas of Little Stony Man, Hawksbill, and Old Rag are closed to public access. Areas on Old Rag, Little Stony Man, Hawksbill, Old Rag, Mary's Rock, Mount Marshall, and Overall Run are closed to backcountry camping. If you planning a hiking trip and/or a backcountry overnight trip to one of those areas, please check the following maps for new closures.

Printable maps with closures:

Little Stony Man

Hawksbill

Old Rag

Mary's Rock

Mount Marshall

Overall Run
 

PARKWIDE (8-28-14)
Use caution when hiking or backcountry camping. Be sure to look up when choosing a campsite and be aware of hanging snags that may fall.

 

POCOSIN HOLLOW AREA (8-25-11)
(at park boundary)
Hikers entering the Pocosin Hollow area from the boundary (Greene County) are encouraged to use Virginia Route 643 and the Entry Run Trail to access Pocosin area trails. Parking is very limited and access to the park in this area is through private property, so please stay on the trail.

The recommended access to Pocosin area trails is via Skyline Drive from the parking area at mile 59.5.

Last updated: October 6, 2017

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

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