Trail Area

Shenandoah National Park

About This Area

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Located along a long but narrow stretch in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is operated through the National Park Service. Vehicle access is along Skyline Drive which requires a fee to enter, and the trail is home to numerous hiking trails, four frontcountry campgrounds, group camping, primitive cabins, and over 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

There are waystations within the park near the campgrounds that offer park merchandise, snacks, and souvenirs. Trails in this park vary in length and difficulty, and there are frequent roadside pull-offs to stop and admire the view of the Shenandoah Valley.

The official boundaries of the park run from Rockfish Gap in the south, just east of Waynesboro, VA, to the northern entrance in Front Royal, VA. There are two additional entrances at Swift Run Gap near Harrisonburg, and Thornton Gap near Luray, VA. Additional walk-in entrances can be reached but as the park borders private property in most areas the recommended access is from Skyline Drive.

Bears are frequent in Shenandoah National Park, whether hiking, camping, or just driving through the park.

Area Features

Rangers Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Trash Disposal No
Fee $25.00
Fee Notes

There is a $25 per vehicle fee to access Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park, and this fee is good for 7 days of access. Annual passes may be purchased for $55, or the America the Beautiful annual National Parks Pass will permit entry.

Trail Area Highlights

There are several beautiful viewpoints within the park, many of which are accessible by vehicle or shorter trails. The park also has numerous waterfalls, wildlife such as bear, deer, and bobcats, and deciduous forests that are beautiful for fall color.

Trail Contributor

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I am the Branch Ambassador for Hike It Baby Chattanooga. A native of Richmond, VA, I spent most of my adolescence and early adulthood hiking and camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and once my children were born started taking them on adventures with me! I am a portrait photographer and freelance writer, trying to hike my way through all the trails southeastern Tennessee has to offer.

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