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Thornton Gap Entrance Station Advisory

Due to a fire at the entrance gate, Thornton Gap - one of the park's busiest entrance stations - will be down to one lane. Please plan accordingly.

You may also pre-purchase your park pass online at recreation.gov, which will make the overall entrance station experience go quicker.

Virginia's Shenandoah National Park presents the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley and the heart of the Appalachian Trail.

A group of guests on the balcony at Big Meadows Lodge

Recharge & Reconnect at Our Lodges and Cabins

Shenandoah National Park features 196,000 acres of protected wilderness and rich recreation. It’s also a place settlers called home for over 100 years before gaining national park status in 1935, offering a rich historical perspective as well.  
Skyline Drive Fall - Shenandoah National Park

For many, the experience starts on Skyline Drive — a National Scenic Byway that runs the length of the park.  Roll down your windows, tune into Shenandoah’s steel-belted song and get ready to discover a new scenic vista at every turn.
A Skyland guest capturing the sunset on her cell phone

Before and after your drive, relax at Skyland, Big Meadows Lodge or Lewis Mountain Cabins. The Shenandoah River and Shenandoah Valley are to the west. The rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont, to the east. And everywhere, there's the Blue Ridge Mountains serenity of Shenandoah National Park.
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