Your Dollars At Work

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A small clip from our Fall Broadcast featuring Shenandoah National Park's Superintendent Patrick Kenney

Low Profile Wayside and Stone Wall
Low Profile Wayside and Stone Wall.

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Your dollars preserve history.

Some of the walls built by the CCC have been preserved and repaired with your fee dollars. These historic stone wall barriers are recognized as contributing features of the Skyline Drive National Historic Landmark District. Originally designed and constructed to be approximately 16 inches above the surface of the adjacent edge of road, these walls have settled, decreasing their height to between 9 and 14 inches. Settlement and vegetation growing between the stones has also contributed to their wear. Rehabilitating the barriers preserves not only the original intent of the guide walls, but also the legacy of the thousands of "boys" of Shenandoah's Civilian Conservation Corps.


Your dollars maintain scenic views.

One of the iconic features of Shenandoah National Park is its views from Skyline Drive. The 162 vistas along Skyline Drive total 387 acres of maintained landscape. Vegetation grows rapidly in the mountains of Virginia, requiring hand cutting on often steep and rocky terrain. Your fee dollars contribute to the never-ending effort to ensure that the historic views into the valleys and lower mountains from Skyline Drive are maintained.

Trees and other greenery obstructing the view from Sawmill Ridge. Trees and other greenery obstructing the view from Sawmill Ridge.

Sawmill Ridge before being cut by the vista crew, and Sawmill Ridge after being cut by the vista crew.

ambulance interior with stretcher, EKG machine, and PSAR ranger reaching for medical supplies.
Inside Shenandoah's ambulance.

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Your dollars support visitor safety.

Your fee dollars help fund Shenandoah's fully equiped ambulance. Each year, approximately 140 visitors receive advanced EMS services from park staff. Shenandoah's ambulance is necessary to transport patients to facilities where life saving medical services can be rendered. In more advanced cases it provides a safe environment to provide EMS care in park until a helicopter can transport. Due to the park’s remote location, EMS services are provided to visitors by park staff often in the ambulance even in the absence of a transport. Having an ambulance at the park enables staff to respond to medical emergencies and deliver life-saving assistance when every minute matters.

Campsite with picnic table, fire ring, and bear box left to right
Campsite with picnic table, fire ring, and bear box from left to right.

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Your dollars improve visitor experience

Money from campground fees at Shenandoah National Park plays a crucial role in enhancing the visitor experience. These funds enable the park to regularly replace and maintain amenities like picnic tables, fire rings, and bear boxes. By doing so, the park ensures a safer and more enjoyable environment for campers, hikers, and nature enthusiasts. This investment maintains the park's pristine beauty and promotes responsible outdoor recreation, making the Park an even more inviting destination for all its visitors.


Your dollars expand accessibility.

The allocation of fee dollars towards upgrades to auditoriums and visitor centers at Shenandoah National Park is a pivotal step in ensuring an equal experience for all visitors. These funds enable the implementation of accessibility enhancements which make these facilities more welcoming and inclusive. By investing in such upgrades, the park ensures that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can fully engage with the educational and interpretive programs offered, fostering a more equitable experience for all who come to explore the park's unique natural and cultural resources.

80% of the fees you pay when you enter the park or stay at a campground come back to Shenandoah specifically for projects that enhance your experience. You may notice new firepits in the campgrounds, repairs to the historic rock walls along Skyline Drive, new accessibility features in the auditoriums, and better views from the overlooks. These are just a few of the projects that are funded by fees.

Last updated: November 7, 2023

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Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835


540 999-3500
Emergency Phone: 1-800-732-0911

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