Hiking in Shenandoah
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and Wilderness. With such an abundance of trail options you will certainly be able to find something to fit your interest and ability.
Before you go please take the time to read through our safety tips and hiking information. Hikers need to assume individual responsibility for planning their trips and hiking safely. Before setting out on your hike, stop by a park visitor center to obtain needed warnings and recommendations. You will increase your odds of a safe hike, decrease your disturbance to park wildlife, and lessen cumulative damage to resources.
To help you plan your hiking adventures, click here for a table of popular suggested hikes that includes trail descriptions, special features, and links to downloadble and printable trail maps.
Check out any current hiking alerts and trail closures before you go!
In addition, 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. These maps indicate the small areas on Little Stony Man, Hawksbill, and Old Rag that are closed to public access.
Shenandoah National Park is one of only a few national parks that allow pets on trails. The regulations that cover pets and their owners have been carefully developed to allow you to share your park experience with your pet while still protecting the native animals and other park resources, as well as other visitors. If you choose to bring your pet to Shenandoah you must be prepared to follow the regulations.
Tips and Safety