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The typical winter season in Shenandoah National Park is from November through February, with average temperatures ranging from 29°F to 39°F during the day, although winter weather can occur anytime between October and March.
Driving Skyline Drive in the Winter
Skyline Drive remains open throughout the winter, unless it is closed due to snowy or icy conditions. Because of cold mountain temperatures, it can take diligent work crews several days to reopen Skyline Drive after winter storms. If the Drive is open, however, here are a few things to keep in mind when driving through the Park in the winter:
Hiking in the Winter
Just because fall is over doesn't mean you have to give up hiking for the year! With all of the leaves off the trees, trails can offer views during the winter that they don't feature the rest of the year. Even if Skyline Drive is closed due to inclement weather, Shenandoah National Park is still open to hiking. The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is accessible from the Park entrance stations, and many other trails are easily accessible from the Park boundary. Whenever you're out hiking in the colder months, here a few tips to help keep yourself safe:
Available Phones Along Skyline Drive
Cell phones do not work in many areas of the Park. Because of this, there are phones available for use along Skyline Drive. Emergency phones connect directly to the Park emergency services number: (800) 732-0911
Status from December - March. Listed geographically from north to south.
Last updated: April 6, 2022