Hiking Alerts and Closures

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.

You can also follow us on Twitter to get updates: @ShenandoahNPS.

Shenandoah National Park - Trails Cleared Since March 1 Wind Storm
March 15 Status Update

Fallen Trees Cleared to date: 910
Trail Miles Cleared to date:142.5

North District
  • AT: Jenkins Gap to Beahms Gap
  • Dickey Ridge Trail- First 2 miles
  • Little Devils Stairs
  • Thompson Hollow
  • Traces Trail
Fire Roads
  • Indian Run Fire Road

Central District
  • AT: Bear Fence to Fishers Gap
  • Bearfence
  • Corbin Mountain
  • Crusher Ridge
  • Dark Hollow Falls
  • Graves Mill
  • Lewis Falls
  • Limberlost
  • Old Rag- Ridge Trail
  • Pocosin Hollow
  • Skyland Stables
  • Sections of the Skyland-Big Meadows Horse Trail
    • Big Meadows to Fishers Gap
    • White Oak Fire Road to Old Rag Fire Road
  • Staunton River
    • To McDaniel Hollow
  • Stony Man- Blue Blazed
  • Story of the Forest
Fire Roads
  • Berry Hollow Fire Road
  • Old Rag Fire Road
  • White Oak Fire Road

Trails with a few passable blowdowns
  • White Oak Canyon

South District
  • AT: Swift Run to Rockfish Gap
  • Lewis Peak
  • Frazier Discovery
  • Trayfoot Mountain
Fire Roads
  • Beldor Hollow Fire Road
  • Browns Gap Fire Road
  • Gasline Road
  • Madison Run Fire Road
  • Simmons Gap Fire Road
    • East and West
  • Smith Roach Gap Fire Road
PARKWIDE (March 5, 2018)
On March 1 and 2, a very strong wind storm passed through Shenandoah National Park bringing down many, many trees--some broken, some uprooted. Please use extreme caution in the Park. Look up for hanging snags and be prepared to turn back if you encounter trail blockages. Please do not establish new off-trail routes which can damage sensitive vegetation and cause erosion.
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)
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 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.


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.


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 closure information:

Little Stony Man
Old Rag
Marys 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.


(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: March 16, 2018

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500

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