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.
Shenandoah National Park is located 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. The park is accessible via four main entrances:
Shenandoah National Park charges a fee for entrance. For current fee information, please refer to the National Park Service website.
Veterans and active members of the US armed forces now receive FREE entry to Shenandoah National Park and most other federal recreation sites!
Active military members can receive a free Military pass by presenting your current US military ID at the entrance.
There is not a pass specifically for Veterans. However, veterans now qualify for free entry into federal parks. Veterans will need to present one of the following forms of ID where entrance fees are collected:
For more information on these offers, please visit usaparkpass.com.
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In Shenandoah, stop at the park's visitor centers to get your trail map, view the exhibits and learn about the history that is unique to this park. Visit the park's website for visitor center locations and hours of operation or to get directions to the park.
Traveling along historic Skyline Drive you can take in the breathtaking views from any of the 75 scenic overlooks. Click here for a map of Skyline Drive.
Once you reach Shenandoah National Park and start to explore its scenic wonders, you'll want to stay. Fortunately, three Shenandoah National Park lodging properties offering splendid, rustic accommodations are conveniently located on Skyline Drive at the following mile markers: