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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) will be open on winter weekends, weather permitting. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays when Skyline Drive is open. Rangers will be available to answer questions. 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.

 

Did You Know?

The National Park Service turned 100 in 2016.