Guided and twilight hiking

Twilight Hiking

Moonrise - Shenandoah National ParkAmble through the 'big meadow' with your Shenandoah Mountain guide as the sun sets beyond the mountain painting the heavens crimson, yellow, pink and gold. Have the stars guide and enthrall you - as they did for generations of local Native Americans. You'll arrive at a destination that cannot be measured by longitude and latitude.

Advance reservations are suggested for these very popular Saturday evening outings. If you do not have a room reservation, a deposit will be required at the time of booking. Cancellations are required 24-hours in advance. If less than 24 hours notice received, the deposit is non-refundable.

Please call 877-847-1919 to make your reservation.

$10.00 for Adults
$8.00 for Children 12 & under.

Saturdays, departing from Big Meadows Lodge lobby.

7:00 pm Departure
10:00 pm Return

2015 Dates:
 - May 16 and 30
 - June 6 and 27
 - July 11 and 25
 - August 8 and 22

Suggested gear includes: comfortable walking shoes, a jacket, and small flashlight. Hikes are cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

Guided Hiking

Guided Hike - Shenandoah National ParkShenandoah Mountain Guides lead a variety of scenic hikes to backcountry areas in the park - from pristine waterfalls to locales of cultural significance. Whether you are a novice or old hand, these trips are designed to challenge each person to be the best they can be.

Shenandoah Mountain Guided hikes are available by request, and advance reservations are required. The hikes can be scheduled any day of the week that the guides are available.

To make a reservation, please call 866-383-2922, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Package rates are available, and vary depending on seasonality and room type. Rates include:
  • One Night's Lodging
  • Bag Lunch (Turkey & Cheddar on Wheat Bun, Apple, Granola Bar, Chips, Water. Vegetarian option available upon request)
  • Guide Fee
  • Utility Add-on Fee
  • Current State and Local Taxes
It is recommended that participants:
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes
  • Bring a small backpack to carry the bag lunch & clothing you might shed when hiking
  • Bring a light rain poncho
  • Bring a camera to capture the experience

Shenandoah Mountain Guides is a permitted and licensed guiding/educational service provider for Shenandoah National Park.

Working from a base of operations high in the Blue Ridge mountains, the Shenandoah Mountain Guides is internationally known for quality instruction and guiding. With some of the best paddling streams and most remote mountain highlands in the eastern US located nearby, we offer exceptional educational programs in canoeing, backpacking, orienteering, survival/outdoor skills, mountain biking, outdoor leadership, rock climbing and environmental awareness. 

The instructional staff serves on the faculty of several colleges and universities as well as on the staff of several national certifying agencies for instructors and trainers. We teach the teachers.

The self-defined mission of Shenandoah Mountain Guides is to help folks get out from behind the steering wheel and out of the car to see, hear, and feel what a treasure Shenandoah National Park is. Towards that end they have developed a schedule designed to introduce different sections of the park at particularly special and scenic times. 

Whether you visit Shenandoah with the guides or on your own, we hope you will take the time to explore this mountainous gem of a national park. Be sure to bring your walking shoes, a daypack, water bottle, and a camera… You’ll be amazed at what you find!


  • The guided hike will take place in rain and foggy, inclement weather. It would only be cancelled in event of severe conditions such as lightning or extreme storms.  If hike is cancelled, the deposit would be refunded in full and cancellation fee waived.
  • Full package rate deposit required at time of booking.
  • Seven day advance cancellation notice required for refund of deposit less $15.00 cancellation fee.
  • A minimum of two (2) paid participants is required for hike to depart. If less than two paid, the hike would be cancelled and deposit would be refunded in full and cancellation fee waived.
  • Guest will be notified seven (7) days in advance if minimum paid is not met.
  • Minimum age required is eight (8) years.  Children 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
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DNC Parks & Resorts at Shenandoah, Inc. is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service.
P.O. Box 727, Luray, Virginia 22835 | 877-847-1919