I-81 Exit 264 to US 211 East
ALERT: Thornton Gap Entrance Station
Date Posted: 3/30/2023 Due to damage caused by a vehicle fire, cash cannot currently be accepted at this entrance station. Credit, debit, and electronic payments only. Vehicles over 11 feet tall will need to stop for assistance and/or be careful to follow signage.
ALERT: Big Meadows Wayside Gas Station
Date Posted: 3/30/2023 Beginnng April 3 through May 13 there will be NO gas fuel available at Big Meadows Wayside.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Avoid the lines at the entrance stations and purchase your entrance fee in advance. Click HERE for details.
2023 Fee Free Days
No entrance fees will be charged on the following days:
Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Saturday, April 22 – First Day of National Park Week
Thursday, August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
Saturday, September 23 – National Public Lands Day
Saturday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Nature’s Calling and Shenandoah National Park is the answer!
Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows—take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or picnic with the family. 200,000 acres of protected lands are haven to deer, songbirds, the night sky…and you. Plan a Shenandoah escape today!
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness.
Visit the park’s website to plan your hiking adventures – including popular suggested hikes that include trail descriptions, special features and information about the hikes, as well as maps. There’s also printable maps of popular hiking areas in the park available. With such an abundance of trail options you will certainly be able to find something to fit your interest and ability. Maps have suggested ability descriptors.