Shenandoah National Park is beginning to increase recreational access to Skyline Drive and park trails
Luray, Virginia – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Shenandoah National Park is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 a.m., Shenandoah National Park will reopen access to the following areas for day-use only. Following May 23, open hours will be from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:
- The entire length of Skyline Drive from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 105 at Waynesboro will be open to all traffic.
- The backcountry will be open to day-use only. Over 480 miles of trails will be accessible from trailheads along Skyline Drive.
- Vehicle parking along Skyline Drive at overlooks and trailhead parking areas will be in designated areas only. If parking area is full, please do not park outside of the designated area, move on to a less crowded area.
- Entrance stations will be staffed and entrance fees collected.
- Limited restrooms will be open at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6), Panorama (mile 31.5), Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) and Beagle Gap (mile 99.5).
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
- Skyline Drive will be closed nightly from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
- Backcountry camping will not be authorized.
- Visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, lodges, cabins, Massanutten Lodge, and Rapidan Camp historic structures will remain closed.
- Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run circuit trails will remain closed.
- Boundary trailheads will remain inaccessible.
- Retail shops, food and beverage areas are closed at this time, but they may become accessible during this Phase 1 period of reopening provided they meet the mandatory requirements in the Forward Virginia Guidelines.
To Read Full Press Release: Shenandoah National Park Phase 1 Reopening Press Release