Byrd Visitor Center


in Shenandoah National Park


Due to COVID-19, only the park bookstores at Dickey Ridge and Byrd Visitor Centers are open. Click HERE for updates.


At the Byrd Visitor Center you will learn about the park’s creation through movies and interactive exhibits. You can become familiar with the park’s history and learn more about policies and laws that effect park management today.


An interactive exhibit, “Within a Day’s Drive of Millions,” tells the story of Shenandoah’s establishment and development including the significance of wilderness designation. Visitors can explore the history and meaning of wilderness through a computer touch screen exhibit, “The Spirit of Wilderness.”


The Byrd Visitor Center is located on Skyline Drive at mile 51. It is normally open daily from early April through November but due to the pandemic, only the bookstore is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Restrooms are open but other facilities which include information desk, exhibits, ranger programs, videos, bookstore, publications, maps, backcountry permits, and first aid are not available.

There’s so much to see!

So,  what should I do first?

We know there is a lot to see and do in the Park.  So we decided to create a seasonal top 10 lists for those who have only limited time. We asked park rangers to give us their best recommendations. Learn more about what they suggested: the Top 10 Things to Do in Shenandoah National Park.