Operating Dates & Hours

Learn and Explore

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 Skyline Drive is closed. To check the status of Skyline Drive, call (540) 999-3500 (option 1, then option 1).

Most facilities in Shenandoah begin opening in March and close by late November. View the tables below for a detailed view of facility opening and closing dates. These dates are subject to change.

 

Visitor Centers

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center 4.6 March 19 TBD Friday - Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Rangers will staff our outdoor contact station and the Park Store will be open. No indoor exhibits or films.
Byrd Visitor Center 51 January 15 TBD Rangers will staff our outdoor contact station 7 days a week. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Park Store will be open every day from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., but closed May 11-12, and May 18-19. No indoor exhibits or films.
 

Food, Lodging, and Other Services

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Elkwallow Wayside 24 April 1 / May 28 November 7 Gifts & supplies offered 4/1. Food service begins May 28..
Skyland 41.7 and 42.5 March 26 November 28 Lodging, food, and gifts
Skyland Stables 41.7 and 42.5 May 28 October 31 Reservations required; 540-999-2213
Big Meadows Lodge 51.2 April 23 November 7 Lodging, food, and gifts
Big Meadows Wayside 51.2 March 26 November 11 Groceries, gifts, camping supplies, fuel* Food service begins May 28.
Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore 57.5 March 25 November 28 Lodging, gifts, and camping supplies
Loft Mountain Wayside 79.5 April 23 November 7 Gifts. Food service will not be available until further notice.
Loft Mountain Campstore 79.5 May 5 October 31 Food, gifts, camping supplies.
*Fuel at Big Meadows Wayside is available year-round; however, the gas pumps can be unreliable, so it is a good idea to enter the Park with a full tank.
 

Campgrounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Mathews Arm 22.2 May 5 October 31
Big Meadows 51.2 March 26 November 11 Including showers and laundry.
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 25 October 31 First-come first-served only.
Loft Mountain 79.5 May 5 October 31 Including campstore, showers, and laundry.
Dundo 83.7 May 5 October 31 Group camping only (7-15 people).
 

Picnic Grounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge 4.7 March 19 TBD
Elkwallow 24.1 Open year-round
Pinnacles 36.7 Open year-round
Big Meadows 51.2 March 26 November 11
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 25 October 31
South River 62.8 Open year-round
Dundo 83.7 Open year-round

Last updated: April 21, 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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