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Operating Hours

Shenandoah National Park is always open, however be aware that most visitor facilities and services operate only from mid March to late November.

Skyline Drive may be temporarily closed* on short notice for indefinite periods due to winter weather conditions. For current Skyline Drive conditions:

  • Please call the park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500, press 1, then press 1 again
  • Park staff also post opening and closing information on Facebook and Twitter.

Special Winter Hours

The Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center at Big Meadows (mile 51 on Skyline Drive) in Shenandoah National Park will be open on winter weekends, weather permitting. Beginning January 11, 2014, the visitor center will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays when the Skyline Drive is open. Rangers will be available to answer questions and help plan visitor trip. Movies, exhibits, and the bookstore will be available. Backcountry camping permits may also be obtained during open hours.

In addition to Byrd Visitor Center, the following picnic grounds will remain open year round, weather permitting: Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River, and Dundo. 

All other facilities are closed for the season.

* Visitors may still enter the park on foot to hike even when the Drive is closed.

 

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

Weather can be drastically different in higher elevations and along Skyline Drive than in the surrounding valleys. Please use caution when driving Skyline Drive or hiking in the park. Be prepared to encounter winter driving conditions, including snow and ice, at any time.