Basic Information

Shenandoah experiences four distinct seasons. Best known for its fall foliage, the park is also spectacular in spring when the wildflowers and trees are in full bloom. Summer brings lush greens and relief from the hot valleys. The park's elevation encourages as much as a 10 degree temperature difference. In winter, this means that when surrounding lowlands are experiencing rain, the the park can be blanketed in snow and ice. It's always a good idea to be prepared for varying weather.

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center is located at Mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive. Here, you will find restrooms, an information desk, exhibits, an orientation movie, a bookstore, publications, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid. Right across Skyline Drive from the visitor center you will find the popular Fox Hollow Trail trailhead.

Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center

Byrd Visitor Center is located at Milepost 51 on Skyline Drive, right across from Big Meadows. Here, you will find restrooms, information desks, exhibits, ranger programs, video screenings, a book store, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid. The visitor center is located close to Big Meadows lodge, campgrounds, and dining facilities.

Fly Poison, a small yet elegant wildflower. The single stalk supports a small cone of bursting star-shaped flowers.
Fly Poison

NPS Photo

Shenandoah National Park is a playground for adventure, learning, and fun!
Use the links below to start planning your next visit to Shenandoah.

Shenandoah National Park is open year-round. However, facilities open and close seasonally.

Entrance fees and information on obtaining passes.

Information on obtaining Special Use Permits and how to make reservations.

Weather conditions can change quickly. Please stay up-to-date on the latest conditions to have a safe experience.

Learn what trails you and your pet can enjoy together.

Firewood Notice
Visitors to Shenandoah must use only USDA certified firewood or dead and down firewood gathered in the park.

Goods & Services
Where to find groceries, wood, ice, and camping supplies.

Downloadable Guides
Get the latest seasonal bulletin and a copy of the Shenandoah Explorer Visitor Guide.

Last updated: October 23, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500

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