Plan Your Visit

Thorton Hollow overlook in the fall
Thorton Hollow Overlook in Autumn

NPS | Neal Lewis

Getting Started

Shenandoah National Park's website can be the start of something fantastic. Use these pages and links to plan the perfect Blue Ridge Mountain getaway.

National Park is 105 miles long stretching from Front Royal, Virginia to the Waynesboro-Charlottesville area. Skyline Drive is the scenic roadway that takes you through the park. There are four entrances (and exits) from the park. Start by finding your best route to the park in Directions.

Then, find out what there is to see (Places to Go) and do (Things to Do) once you're here. We hope you'll stay awhile, so check on Lodging to book a room, or Camping to book a campsite.

From planning your hike to Shenandoah's highest peak, to checking on evening entertainment, the only thing you can't plan is where to see that bear or deer - that will have to be a surprise!

Ranger shows visitors where to go on a map.

The Basics

Everything you need to get started planning your visit, including hours, fees, rules, seasonal information, goods and services and more!

A map of the Thorton Gap entrance.


Directions about how to find us from any direction and downloadable maps for your visit.

Sticky notes on a calendar with highlighters

Event Calendar

Shenandoah has many programs and events to enhance your visit from spring to fall. Go on a ranger led hike, take a tour, and much more!

Park Ranger points at a map


Basic Information
A great place to start planning your visit! Learn about operating hours, fees and passes, permits, reservations, weather, pets, goods, services, important notices and regulations, and downloadable guides.

A map of Shenandoah


Directions and Transportation
How can you get to Shenandoah? Read our comprehensive directions; download useful maps; learn about surrounding cities and airports; and learn how to navigate our park.
Car Driving Through Tunnel

NPS | Neal Lewis

Places to Go

There is more to Shenandoah than meets the eye! In addition to Skyline Drive, hiking trails, and beautiful wilderness; we also have visitors centers, exhibits, lodging, restaurants, stores, and more! Click here to find more information about all of the places you can go!

Visitors horseback riding


Things to Do

Shenandoah offers ranger programs and events in addition to outdoor activities like hiking, camping, horseback riding, fishing, and rock climbing. Click here to learn more about the things you can do here in Shenandoah that will make your visit into a trip you'll never forget.

Photo of Byrd Visitor Center Entry


Facility Schedule
Shenandoah is open all year round, but the opening hours of various facilities change from season to season. For an up-to-date list of our facility schedule, look here!

A macro photograph of a deer tick

USDA | Scott Bauer

Be safe when you visit Shenandoah! Click here to learn about driving, hiking, wildlife, and other important safety information. In case of an emergency, call 800-732-0911!

Accessibility logo over an sunset


Shenandoah is committed to making the park accessible to all visitors. As such, most facilities and services in the park are accessible or accessible with assistance. Learn more about accessibility of buildings, campgrounds, trails, and more here.

Last updated: November 14, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


(540) 999-3500

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