Shenandoah National Park

Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation showcasing cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas and quiet wooded hollows.

Skyline Drive runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park and is the only public road through the park offering beautiful overlooks and designed to give you spectacular views. Deer, black bear, wild turkey, and a host of other woodland animals call Shenandoah home and regularly cross Skyline Drive in their daily travels.

Shenandoah National Park contains over 70 mountain streams. Fishing opportunities are abundant but are also regulated in order to preserve and protect fish resources. On foot or by bike you will have a vast choice of hiking and biking trails adapted to your capabilities. Each trail’s difficulty is determined by a numerical rating. Old Rag is Shenandoah’s most popular and most dangerous hike.

What To Know Before You Go!

  • Shenandoah National Park has an entrance fee, payable at one of the four major entrance stations. The fee is good for 7 consecutive days, even if you leave the park.
  • The weather tends to be up to 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding lowlands, a good thing in summer.  Skyline Drive closes during bad weather.
  • Although supplies are limited in the park, fuel is available 24/7 at Big Meadows Wayside.
  • The Park has three districts, each with its own characteristics – North, Central and South. Explore each district. Try new places and discover new wonders of Virginia’s biggest and oldest national park.
  • Stop by any Virginia Welcome Centre to pick up a park guide with a convenient pull out map of Shenandoah National Park.

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