A ranger shows helps two visitors understand the ever-changing Shenandoah forest.
NPS photo

John F. Mitchell


Click here for the current Ranger Program schedule.

Make your visit to Shenandoah complete by attending a ranger-led program. Discover the many stories of Shenandoah's past, take a walk through the splendor of a unique mountain meadow, or learn about the many animals and plants that thrive in Shenandoah National Park.


The park's concessioner offer a wide variety of events throughout the season such as night skies programs, cooking demos, tastings and culinary events. Visit for details.


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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Night Sky Festival

    • Location: Big Meadows Area, Many locations
    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, July 28, 2016

    A four-day festival celebrating our dark skies. There will be many presentations, hands-on activities and star parties.

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Centennial Hike - Chimney Rock Hike

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
    • Location: Riprap parking area, mile 90
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 6, 2016

    Discover Shenandoah's Wilderness on this hike with great views and compelling geology. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. 3.5 hours, moderate 3.4-mile hike

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    Centennial Hike - Compton Peak Hike

    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Compton Gap, mile 10.4
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 12, 2016

    Join a Ranger on a hike along the Appalachian Trail to Compton Peak. Enjoy interesting geology and an outstanding view of the Shenandoah valley. 3 hours, moderate 2.4-mile hike

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    • Time: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • Location: Byrd Visitor Center Auditorium, mile 51
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Join sound artist & radio producer Dianne Ballon, Artist-in-Residence, for an interactive demonstration on her work to "create a sound portrait of Shenandoah National Park by recording the natural sounds of the park, and by summoning “stories” to record."

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Limberlost Trailhead, mile 43
    • Fees: Free
    Saturday, August 13, 2016

    Join a Ranger for a morning stroll to explore the Limberlost Trail, a favorite Park trail. Explore stories of the past and present on this trail that has dramatically changed over time. 1.5 hours, 1.2 miles

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    • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Stony Man Trailhead, mile 41.7
    • Fees: Free
    Friday, August 19, 2016

    Join Skyland founder "George Pollock" on this evening living history walk to the summit of Stony Man. 2 hours, 1.6-mile hike

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    • Location: Hawksbill Viewing Platform
    Saturday, August 20, 2016

    We're hard at work restoring the stone viewing platform on our highest peak. Join us for the re-dedication!

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  • l'île Sainte-Croix Lieu historique international

    Fee Free Day

    • Fees: Free
    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Entrance fees waived

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  • Shenandoah National Park

    Founder's Day (Fee Free)

    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Location: Byrd and Dickey Ridge Visitor Centers
    • Fees: Fee Free Day
    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Join us on Saturday, August 25 as we celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500
Use this phone number to contact us for all of your park inquiries!

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