Operating Dates & Hours

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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. Subscribe to Shenandoah's alert system for the most timely updates. Alternatively, call the Park's recorded information line: (540) 999-3500 (option 1, then option 1) for the most current Skyline Drive status.

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 2023 Opening 2022 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center &
Park Store
4.6 Closed
Byrd Visitor Center &
Park Store
51 Open 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays)
Closed Christmas Day

Food, Lodging, and Other Services

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2023 Opening Date 2022 Closing Date Comments
Elkwallow Wayside 24 TBD November 13 Food services, gifts, and supplies.
Skyland 41.7 and 42.5 TBD November 27 Lodging, food, and gifts.
Skyland Stables 41.7 and 42.5 TBD November 8 Reservations required; 540-999-2213
Big Meadows Lodge 51.2 TBD November 6 Lodging, food, and gifts.
Big Meadows Wayside 51.2 TBD November 13 Food service, grab n' go food, gifts, groceries, camping supplies, fuel.*
Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore 57.5 TBD November 27 Lodging, gifts, and camping supplies.
Loft Mountain Wayside 79.5 TBD November 6
Gifts and snacks. NO food service.
Loft Mountain Campstore 79.5 TBD October 30 Food, gifts, camping supplies.
*Fuel at Big Meadows Wayside is available year-round; however, the gas pumps can be unreliable, so you may want to enter the Park with a full tank.
**Concessionaire hours vary. For current hours visit our concessionaire's website.


Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2023 Opening 2022 Closing Comments
Mathews Arm 22.2 TBD October 30
Big Meadows 51.2 TBD November 27
Lewis Mountain 57.5 TBD November 13 First-come first-served only.
Loft Mountain 79.5 TBD October 30 Including campstore, showers, and laundry.
Dundo (Group) 83.7 TBD October 30 Group camping only (7-15 people).

Picnic Grounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2023 Opening 2022 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge 4.7 Open year-round
Elkwallow 24.1 Open year-round
Pinnacles 36.7 Open year-round
Big Meadows 51.2 TBD November 10
Lewis Mountain 57.5 TBD October 30
South River 62.8 Open year-round
Dundo 83.7 Open year-round

Last updated: November 28, 2022

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Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray , VA 22835


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

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