Shenandoah National Park Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

Shenandoah National Park is always open. However, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the park, are periodically closed during inclement weather and at night during deer hunting season. Visitors can still enter the park on foot to hike even when the Drive is closed.

For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park call the park at (540) 999-3500.

Getting There


The closest airports are Washington Dulles International (IAD): 56 miles west to Front Royal; Thornton Gap, accessible via Route 211; Swift Run Gap, accessible via Route 33; Rockfish Gap, accessible via I-64 and Route 250


The four entrances to the park are at I-66 and Route 340 to the north entrance at Front Royal, Route 211 to the central entrance at Thornton Gap, Route 33 to Swift Run Gap, and I-64 to the Rockfish Gap entrance at the southern end of the park and the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Speed limit for the Skyline Drive is 35mph.

Public Transportation

There are no bus, taxi, or shuttle services through the park.

Getting Around

Since there are no bus, taxi, or shuttle services through the park, a car is needed. Speed limit is 35mph. Bicycles are permitted in the park on paved roads only. The speed limit for bicycles is also 35mph on the Skyline Drive and 10mph in the campgrounds.

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