Shenandoah National Park is a unit of the national park system in Virginia, United States. The scenic Skyline Drive runs through its length and connects to two other units of the national park system: the Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It is the most visited national park in Virginia and has over one million visitors a year who come to camp, hike, bike, horseback ride, canoe, or kayak on its many streams and rivers. Visitors can also visit nearby caverns such as Luray Caverns, tour historic Civil War battlefields, or sample local culture in one of its many small towns.
The park is a retreat for urban residents from Washington, D.C., Richmond, and nearby Charlottesville, Virginia. With Shenandoah National Park’s Skyline Drive merging with the Blue Ridge Parkway to form a panoramic corridor of road and trails through some of the most scenic landscapes in America, it’s easy to understand why.
Shenandoah National Park Information
Park Size: 311.2 mi²
Established: December 26, 1935
Entrance Fee: $30/vehicle, $25 per motorcycle, or $15/person (hikers or cyclists). Valid for 7 days.
Nearby Communities: Front Royal, Waynesboro, Luray
Visitor Centers: Dickey Ridge, Byrd
Campgrounds: Big Meadows, Duno, Lewis Mountain, Loft Mountain, Mathews Arm (learn more!)
How to Get There: There are several entrances to Shenandoah National Park. Click here for directions.
Best Time to Visit: October for fall colors, May to September for hiking/camping, winter to avoid crowds
Unique Things to Do: Scramble to the top of Old Rag or visit a plethora of waterfalls