Biking

A cyclist riding down an empty road surrounded by flowering trees.
 

Where Bikes Are Allowed

Mountain bikes, road bikes, and e-bikes (all classifications) are permitted along Skyline Drive and on all paved areas in Shenandoah National Park. Biking is also permitted on Rapidan Fire Road, a gravel road in the Big Meadows area, for approximately one mile, where a sign will indicate the turnaround point.

Where Bikes Are Not Allowed

Biking is not permitted on trails, grassy areas, or unpaved roads, with the exception of Rapidan Fire Road (mentioned above).

Biking Regulations

Bicyclists should review Virginia laws pertaining to bike lights, as well as Virginia laws about bike brakes. These regulations are also applicable in Shenandoah National Park.

Skyline Drive is a two-lane road with steep hills, numerous blind curves, and frequent heavy fog. Cyclists are urged to be aware of wildlife and heavy traffic, particularly in the fall. Please use extreme caution and observe the following tips:

  • Ride single file at all times. Despite recent changes to laws in Virginia, federal regulations require bicyclists to ride single file at all times in Shenandoah National Park.

  • Move to the right side of the lane as safety permits to allow motorists to pass.

  • When several vehicles are behind you, pull over to allow them to pass.

  • When in a group, adjust spacing so passing vehicles have room to return to their lane.

  • Be visible and ride predictably.

Guided Bike Tours

Several commercial business offer guided bike tours in Shenandoah National Park.

Last updated: July 6, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500
Emergency Phone: 1-800-732-0911

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