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646 mi 1,040 km of trail 32 Featured Hikes

Gems 14 Gems Easy Trails 71 Trails Intermediate Trails 97 Trails Hard Trails 26 Trails

Located within easy traveling distance from Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, and quiet wooded hollows are just a few of the natural features that entice visitors from near and far. Take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or picnic with the family in the quiet scenery of the park. The 200,000 acres of protected lands are a haven for deer, songbirds, bear, and night sky enthusiasts/astrophotographers. Take leave of the every day, and get back to your wild side in Shenandoah.

To learn more about Shenandoah National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Visitor Center: Open seasonally, 9:30 am to 4 pm
  • Dickey Ridge Visitor Center: Open seasonally from 9 am to 5 pm

For more information on current operating hours, click here.

Visiting Tips

Shenandoah National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While the park is open year round, much of Skyline Drive is subject to seasonal hours. Even when the road is closed, visitors can still enter the park on foot. For more information on operating hours, seasonal closures, and road conditions, click here.

Fees and Passes:
For more information on park fees, click here. For more information on park passes, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Extending your visit in Shenandoah is encouraged, and there are multiple options for every comfort level. Whether you prefer to stay in a comfortable resort or choose to get back to your roots in a backcountry campsite, there are many options available.

Camping:
Shenandoah hosts four campgrounds, scattered throughout the park. The campgrounds are open in the spring, summer, and fall. Camping reservations can be made online, or phone reservations can be made by calling (877) 444-6777.
  • Mattews Arm: Dates subject to seasonality
  • Big Meadows: Dates subject to seasonality
  • Lewis Mountain: First-come, first-served, dates subject to seasonality
  • Loft Mountain: Dates subject to seasonality

Backcountry campsites are available through a free permit attained at a visitor's center during regular business hours. More information about backcountry campsites can be found here.

Lodging:
Shenandoah has four lodging options available, click here for more information. Reservations can be made through online through Delaware North at Shenandoah National Park, or by calling (877) 247-9261.

Food & Drink

Shenandoah National Park offers a variety of dining experiences for visitors, and you won't be disappointed by any of the choices.

  • Elkwallow Wayside: A variety of breakfast selections, sandwiches, and grilled lunch and dinner items are available. Seating options include an outside patio and picnic tables.
  • Skyland: A full-service dining room with a varied menu of appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.
  • Big Meadows Wayside: This wayside features both carry-out and table-service options, with a varied menu of regional and contemporary favorites.
  • Big Meadows Lodge: The lodge features contemporary dining in a rustic setting.
  • Loft Mountain Wayside: This wayside offers counter service, a dining room, and both indoor and outdoor seating. The menu offers a variety of breakfast items, grilled items, and sandwiches.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Exploring Shenandoah with a park ranger can be an informative and eye-opening experience. There are many seasonal programs, all of which are offered free of charge, unless otherwise noted. More information about programs and the events calendar can be found here.

Other Activities

Visitors to Shenandoah have a myriad of activities open to them. While driving on Skyline Drive is a perennial favorite, getting out of the car and off the beaten path is recommended. Explore hundreds of miles of backcountry trail, enjoy a quiet afternoon of bird or wildlife watching, or unwind at any one of many spectacular natural features.

If thrill seeking is more your style, rock climbing, cycling and fly fishing are also permitted within the park. Seasoned adventurers are welcome, or there are a host of approved guides who can teach you the basics of any activity. More information on approved guiding services can be found here. Visit the park's website for more information on the park's other activities.

Maps & Guidebooks

If you're interested in learning more details about great hikes, weather, camping/lodging, wildlife, and scenic drives, check out the comprehensive online Guide to Shenandoah National Park.

To download a variety of guides to help plan your visit, click here.

Gems in Shenandoah National Park - 14

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Featured Hikes in Shenandoah National Park - 32

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Favorite Colorful of fall foliage is the awesome feeling and smell

Old Rag Loop

8.9 mi 14.3 km • Loop • 2,362 ft Ascent 719.92 m Ascent

Singletrack Stanley, VA

( 188 )
Favorite The second of 6 waterfalls in Whiteoak Canyon (the 1st being the very upper falls).

Whiteoak Canyon to Cedar Run Loop

8.2 mi 13.1 km • Loop • 2,255 ft Ascent 687.39 m Ascent

Singletrack Stanley, VA

( 90 )
Favorite One of the many cascading falls as you descend Rose River Loop

Rose River Loop

3.8 mi 6.1 km • Loop • 796 ft Ascent 242.59 m Ascent

Singletrack Stanley, VA

( 42 )
Favorite Panoramic from the top of Hawksbill Mtn.

Hawksbill Mountain Loop

2.7 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 608 ft Ascent 185.44 m Ascent

Singletrack Stanley, VA

( 31 )
Favorite Night shot of Dark Hollow Falls

Dark Hollow Falls

1.7 mi 2.7 km • Out and Back • 495 ft Ascent 150.91 m Ascent

Singletrack Stanley, VA

( 31 )
Favorite Sunset view from atop Bearfence.

Bearfence Loop Trail

1.1 mi 1.8 km • Out and Back • 232 ft Ascent 70.77 m Ascent

Singletrack Stanley, VA

( 23 )
Favorite Doyles River Falls

Double Falls Loop

6.9 mi 11.0 km • Loop • 1,226 ft Ascent 373.62 m Ascent

Singletrack Grottoes, VA

( 24 )
Favorite A river crossing on South Fork Moormans River Road (particularly high water!)

Sugar Hollow Loop

18.5 mi 29.7 km • Point to Point • 2,709 ft Ascent 825.59 m Ascent

Singletrack Crimora, VA

( 10 )

Trails in Shenandoah National Park - 162

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2.9 mi 4.6 km #1 Ridge Trail
Stanley, VA
2.9 mi 4.6 km Stanley, VA
All Clear
Update
Dry - chilly morning
48 days ago
10 
5.0 mi 8.0 km #2 Whiteoak Canyon
Stanley, VA
5.0 mi 8.0 km Stanley, VA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry, Some Mud: On humid summer days the canopy traps the moisture under it. Expect to sweat a lot and it not evaporate.
14 days ago
16 
2.0 mi 3.3 km #3 Little Devils Stairs Trail
Washington, VA
2.0 mi 3.3 km Washington, VA
All Clear
Update
Dry - Comfortable creek water levels - to play in and hike across. Narrow trail, but dry.
29 days ago
16 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #4 Dark Hollow Falls Trail
Stanley, VA
0.9 mi 1.4 km Stanley, VA
Minor Issues
Update
Muddy, Fallen Trees
55 days ago
11 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #5 Doyles River Trail
Grottoes, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km Grottoes, VA
Unknown
Update
1.8 mi 2.9 km #6 Saddle Trail
Stanley, VA
1.8 mi 2.9 km Stanley, VA
Unknown
Update
5.0 mi 8.1 km #7 Brown Mountain Trail
Elkton, VA
5.0 mi 8.1 km Elkton, VA
Unknown
Update
2.5 mi 4.0 km #8 Jones Run Trail
Grottoes, VA
2.5 mi 4.0 km Grottoes, VA
Unknown
Update
0.5 mi 0.8 km #9 Stony Man Trail
Stanley, VA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Stanley, VA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry
14 days ago
16 
2.7 mi 4.3 km #10 Buck Ridge Trail
Luray, VA
2.7 mi 4.3 km Luray, VA
Unknown
Update
2.2 mi 3.5 km #11 Upper Dark Hollow Trail
Stanley, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km Stanley, VA
Unknown
Update
2.4 mi 3.9 km #12 Robertson Mtn Trail
Stanley, VA
2.4 mi 3.9 km Stanley, VA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry: May 4, 2019: Some small branches in the trail but easy to get around.
73 days ago
6.7 mi 10.7 km #13 Jeremys Run Trail
Washington, VA
6.7 mi 10.7 km Washington, VA
Minor Issues
Update
Some Mud, Fallen Trees - As of 5/30, lower 1/2 (near Neighbor TH) had plenty of fallen debris and slightly overgrown, but not unmanageable. Ticks!
50 days ago
1.1 mi 1.8 km #14 South River Falls Road
Elkton, VA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Elkton, VA
All Clear
Update
Mostly Dry, Some Mud
65 days ago
2.2 mi 3.5 km #15 Rose River Loop Trail
Stanley, VA
2.2 mi 3.5 km Stanley, VA
Unknown
Update
0.9 mi 1.4 km #16 Pole Bridge Link Trail
Washington, VA
0.9 mi 1.4 km Washington, VA
Unknown
Update
9.2 mi 14.8 km #17 Dickey Ridge Trail
Front Royal, VA
9.2 mi 14.8 km Front Royal, VA
Unknown
Update
5.6 mi 9.1 km #18 Mt. Marshall Trail
Washington, VA
5.6 mi 9.1 km Washington, VA
Unknown
Update
4.8 mi 7.8 km #19 Trayfoot Mountain Trail
Crimora, VA
4.8 mi 7.8 km Crimora, VA
Unknown
Update
3.0 mi 4.9 km #20 Buck Hollow Trail
Luray, VA
3.0 mi 4.9 km Luray, VA
All Clear
Update
65 days ago

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