The typical spring season in Shenandoah National Park is from the middle of March through the end of May, with average temperatures ranging from 35°F in March to 55°F in May.
We get pretty excited about wildflowers around here, and a trip to Shenandoah in the spring will show you why! With over 862 species found within the Park boundaries, there are plenty of reasons to come see the show for yourself. Wondering which flowers bloom when? Check out our wildflower calendar to help you plan accordingly.
Spring temperatures in Shenandoah National Park can vary dramatically from day-to-day. While warm spells can bring temperatures upwards of 70°F, it is not uncommon to get winter storms that bring significant snowfalls in March. Knowing that the weather this time of year can be so unpredictable, it's always a good idea to check the forecast before you come to the Park so that you'll know what to pack. Temperatures are usually 10oF to 20oF cooler in the Park than in the lowlands, and weather conditions can change quickly. Dress in layers, and don't forget that raincoat to keep you dry during those spring showers!
Spring is also one of the best times to go birdwatching in Shenandoah. Migratory bird species are beginning to show up in the Park, and you usually have the best chance of seeing them before the the trees are fully leafed out. Birdwatching is a great way to enjoy the warmer weather with the whole family!
Hiking trails can get quite crowded with the warmer, longer days of spring. For the best chance of avoiding crowded trails and full parking lots, try to visit Shenandoah during the week. If a parking area is full, move on to a trail that is less crowded. Check out our list of lesser-known day hikes to help you find some solitude!
Spring also marks the return of special events in Shenandoah! Check out our calender for ranger programs and more.
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Last updated: April 19, 2023