Operating Dates & Hours

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Shenandoah National Park is always open, however, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the Park, are periodically closed during inclement weather. Visitors may still enter the Park on foot to hike even when Skyline Drive is closed. To check the status of Skyline Drive, call (540) 999-3500 (option 1, then option 1).

Most facilities in Shenandoah begin opening in March and close by late November. View the tables below for a detailed view of facility opening and closing dates. These dates are subject to change.

 

Visitor Centers

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center 4.6 March 19 TBD Outdoor contact station open daily: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 Sunday - Thursday. The Park Store is open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. No indoor exhibits or films.
Byrd Visitor Center 51 January 15 TBD Outdoor contact station open daily: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 Sunday - Thursday. The Park Store will be open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. No indoor exhibits or films.
 

Food, Lodging, and Other Services

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Elkwallow Wayside 24 May 28 November 7 Food service, gifts, and supplies. Open 9 AM to 5 PM daily. Grill open 11 AM to close.**
Skyland 41.7 and 42.5 March 26 November 28 Lodging, food, and gifts.
Dining room hours: breakfast 7:30 AM - 10 AM, lunch 12 PM - 3 PM, dinner 5 PM - 9 PM. Taproom open 3 PM - 9 PM daily.**
Skyland Stables 41.7 and 42.5 May 28 October 31 Reservations required; 540-999-2213
Big Meadows Lodge 51.2 April 23 November 7 Lodging, food, and gifts.
Dining room hours: breakfast 7:30 AM - 10 AM, dinner 12 PM - 8 PM. Taproom open 3 PM - 9 PM daily.**
Big Meadows Wayside 51.2 March 26 November 11 Food service, grab n' go food items, groceries, gifts, camping supplies, fuel*. Open 9 AM to 5 PM Sun - Thurs and 9 AM to 7 PM Fri - Sat.**
Lewis Mountain Cabins and Campstore 57.5 March 25 November 28 Lodging, gifts, and camping supplies.
Loft Mountain Wayside 79.5 April 23 November 7 Gifts and snacks. Open 9 AM to 5 PM daily.**
Food service will not be available until further notice.
Loft Mountain Campstore 79.5 May 5 October 31 Food, gifts, camping supplies. Open 9 AM to 5 PM daily.**
*Fuel at Big Meadows Wayside is available year-round; however, the gas pumps can be unreliable, so it is a good idea to enter the Park with a full tank.
**Concessionaire hours vary. For current hours visit our concessionaire's website.
 

Campgrounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Mathews Arm 22.2 May 5 October 31
Big Meadows 51.2 March 26 November 11 Including showers and laundry.
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 25 October 31 First-come first-served only.
Loft Mountain 79.5 May 5 October 31 Including campstore, showers, and laundry.
Dundo 83.7 May 5 October 31 Group camping only (7-15 people).
 

Picnic Grounds

Facility Skyline Drive Mile 2021 Opening 2021 Closing Comments
Dickey Ridge 4.7 March 19 TBD
Elkwallow 24.1 Open year-round
Pinnacles 36.7 Open year-round
Big Meadows 51.2 March 26 November 11
Lewis Mountain 57.5 March 25 October 31
South River 62.8 Open year-round
Dundo 83.7 Open year-round

Last updated: September 16, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

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

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