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Shenandoah National Park

Just around the corner from the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia is the Shenandoah National Park, offering 105 miles of scenic beauty along Skyline Drive from Front Royal, Virginia, to the Waynesboro-Charlottesville area.

Looking toward Shenandoah National Park


Skyline Drive is a scenic roadway that runs the length of Shenandoah National Park and connects with the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many visitors to this region enjoy both Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway - taking their time to explore the communities, natural beauty, and fun-filled activities the area offers.

Operating Hours

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

Fees

Visitors to Shenandoah can purchase a one to seven day entrance permit or one of several annual or lifetime passes at Shenandoah’s entrance stations.

For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen

Shenandoah National Park
3655 Hwy 211 East
Luray, VA 22835
540.999.3500

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  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
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