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 Shenandoah in winter.

The following information is subject to change. Check here for information about specific services and adherence to CDC recommendations concerning COVID-19.
 

Visitor Centers

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2020 Opening 2020 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center 4.6 TBD TBD
Byrd Visitor Center 51 TBD TBD
 

Food, Lodging, and Other Services

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2020 Opening 2020 Closing Comments
Elkwallow Wayside 24 June 11 November 11 Food, gifts, camping supplies
Skyland 41.7 and 42.5 June 11 November 29 Lodging, food, and gifts
Skyland Stables 41.7 and 42.5 TBD TBD Reservations required; 540-999-2213
Big Meadows Lodge 51.2 June 25 November 8 Lodging, food, and gifts
Big Meadows Wayside 51.2 Open for some services. November 11 Food, gifts, camping supplies. Click here for details.
Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore 57.5 June 11 November 29 Lodging, gifts, and camping supplies
Loft Mountain Wayside 79.5 June 26 November 8 Food, gifts
Loft Mountain Campstore 79.5 June 11 TBD 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

During Phase Two, campgrounds will operate at ~50% capacity.
Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2020 Opening 2020 Closing Comments
Mathews Arm 22.2 June 11 October 25
Big Meadows (showers/laundry) 51.2 June 11 November 11
Lewis Mountain 57.5 June 11 October 25 1st come - 1st served only
Loft Mountain (Campstore/showers/laundry) 79.5 June 11 October 25
Dundo (Group camping only) 83.7 June 11 October 25 Reservations only. Group size limited to 7-15 persons

*Campground reservations can be made up to six months in advance of May 6, 2020 at Recreation.gov. Prior to May 6, all camping is first-come, first-served. Visit the camping page for more information about camping in Shenandoah National Park.
 

Picnic Grounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2020 Opening 2020 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge 4.7 July 3
Elkwallow 24.1 June 11
Pinnacles 36.7 June 11 (Pavilion remains Closed)
Big Meadows 51.2 June 11
Lewis Mountain 57.5 June 11
South River 62.8 June 11
Dundo 83.7 June 11
 
For more information contact the park's recorded line at (540) 999-3500.
 

Last updated: July 2, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

Contact Us