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Plan Your Visit

Shenandoah National Park, the only national park in Virginia, is 105 miles long and stretches from Front Royal to the Waynesboro-Charlottesville area.  You can enter Shenandoah National Park via four access points:
  • Front Royal near Rt. 66 and 340
  • Thornton Gap at Rt. 211
  • Swift Run Gap at Rt. 33
  • Rockfish Gap at Rt. 64 and Rt. 250

What You Should Know About Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is the only public road through the park. It takes about three hours to travel the entire length of the park on a clear day. The maximum speed limit is 35 mph. As you travel along Skyline Drive you will notice mileposts along the side of the road.  These posts help you find your way through the park and help you locate areas of interest. The mileposts begin with 0.0 at Front Royal and continue to 105 at the southern end of the park.

There are 75 overlooks that offer stunning views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the rolling piedmont to the east.  Wildflowers put on a show all year long - in early spring, look for trillium peeking through the grass. June’s display of azaleas is spectacular. Cardinal flowers, black-eyed susans, and goldenrod keep the color vibrant right into fall, when the leaves begin to change and put on their own fall foliage show. 

Deer, black bear, wild turkey, and a host of other wildlife call Shenandoah home and regularly cross Skyline Drive. Watch carefully for these animals, which may dart across your path without warning.

2017 Entrance Fee Free Days

The National Park Service turned 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to come visit. There will be fee free days in 2017 in all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: National Park Weekends
  • August 25: National Park Service Founders Day
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day

Hazardous Weather May Close Skyline Drive

Inclement weather may necessitate closure of Skyline Drive at any time. For current road conditions:

  • call the park’s recorded information line: (540) 999-3500, press 1, then press 1 again 
  • or follow @ShenandoahNPS on Twitter


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"...forget the rush and the strain of all the other long weeks of the year, and for a short time at least, the days will be good for their bodies and good for their souls.”

- President Franklin D. Roosevelt, during 1936 dedication of Shenandoah National Park

Did You Know?

The National Park Service turned 100 in 2016.