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 2019 Opening 2019 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center 4.6 April 28 TBA 9:00 - 5:00 daily
Byrd Visitor Center 51 7 days a week:
April 28
Winter hours now in effect: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and holiday Mondays, 9:30-4:00) 9:30 - 4:00
 

Food, Lodging, and Other Services

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2019 Opening 2019 Closing Comments
Elkwallow Wayside 24 April 12 TBA Food, gifts, camping supplies
Skyland 41.7 and 42.5 April 12 TBA Lodging, food, and gifts
Skyland Stables 41.7 and 42.5 TBA TBA
Big Meadows Lodge 51.2 May 8 TBA Lodging, food, and gifts
Big Meadows Wayside 51.2 March 29 TBA Food, gifts, camping supplies, fuel*.
Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore 57.5 March 15 TBA Lodging, gifts, and camping supplies
Loft Mountain Wayside 79.5 April 19 TBA 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 2019 Opening 2019 Closing Comments
Mathews Arm 22.2 May 1 TBA 1st come - 1st served
Big Meadows (showers/laundry) 51.2 March 29 TBA 1st come - 1st served and reservations.*
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 29 TBA 1st come - 1st served
Loft Mountain (Campstore/showers/laundry) 79.5 May 1 TBA 1st come - 1st served and reservations
Dundo (Group) 83.7 May 1 TBA Groups only, reservations required

Campground reservations can be made six months in advance of May 3, 2019 at Recreation.gov. Prior to May 3 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 2019 Opening 2019 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge 4.7 April 28 TBA 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 29 TBA Opening/closing dates tentative and depend on weather
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 29 TBA 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: December 10, 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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