Operating Hours & Seasons

Shenandoah National Park is always open. However, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the park, are periodically closed during inclement weather. Visitors may still enter the park on foot to hike even when the drive is closed. Check Alerts for Skyline Drive closures and other conditions that could impact your planning.

Most facilities in the park, including visitor centers, lodging and dining, campgrounds, and picnic grounds begin opening in March and close by late November. Learn about visiting Shenanodah in winter.

The following information is subject to change.
 

Visitor Centers

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2018 Opening 2018 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center 4.6 April 6 November 25 9:00 - 5:00 daily
Byrd Visitor Center 51 March 23 November 25 (Begining November 30 hours will shift to Friday, Saturday, Sunday only, 9:30-4:00) 9:00 - 5:00 daily
 

Food, Lodging, and Other Services

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2018 Opening 2018 Closing Comments
Elkwallow Wayside 24 March 30 November 4 Food, gifts, camping supplies
Skyland 41.7 and 42.5 March 22 November 25 Lodging, food, and gifts
Skyland Stables 41.7 and 42.5 April 6 TBA
Big Meadows Lodge 51.2 May 9 November 4 Lodging, food, and gifts
Big Meadows Wayside 51.2 March 29 November 12 Food, gifts, camping supplies, fuel*.
Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore 57.5 March 16 November 25 Lodging, gifts, and camping supplies
Loft Mountain Wayside 79.5 March 29 November 4 Food, gifts, camping supplies.

*Fuel at Big Meadows Wayside is available year-round, however, there are frequent power outages so it is a good idea to enter the Park with a full tank.

Our concessionaire, Delaware North, operates lodging and dining facilities in Shenandoah National Park. Visit GoShenandoah.com to learn more about lodging, dining, and special programs offered by our concessionaire.
 

Campgrounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2018 Opening 2018 Closing Comments
Mathews Arm 22.2 May 2 October 28 1st come - 1st served
Big Meadows (showers/laundry) 51.2 March 30 November 12 1st come - 1st served and reservations
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 30 October 28 1st come - 1st served
Loft Mountain (Campstore/showers/laundry) 79.5 May 2 October 28 1st come - 1st served and reservations
Dundo (Group) 83.7 May 2 October 28 Groups only, reservations required

Campground reservations are available at Recreation.gov. Visit the camping page for more information about camping in Shenandoah National Park.
 

Picnic Grounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2018 Opening 2018 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge 4.7 April 6 November 25 Opening/closing dates tentative and depend on weather
Elkwallow 24.1 Open year round
Pinnacles 36.7 Open year round
Big Meadows 51.2 March 30 November 12 Opening/closing dates tentative and depend on weather
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 30 October 28 Opens/closes with campground and campstore
South River 62.8 Open year round, no water
Dundo 83.7 Open year round
 
For more information contact the park's recorded line at (540) 999-3500.
 

Last updated: July 5, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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