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Skyline Drive will soon reopen for recreational use

Most popular national park is in Virginia
Posted at 4:53 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 16:53:54-04

LURAY, Va. -– Shenandoah National Park is increasing recreational access beginning Memorial Day weekend.

Beginning Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 a.m., Shenandoah National Park will reopen access to the following areas for day-use only.

Following May 23, open hours will be from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.:

  • The entire length of Skyline Drive from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 105 at Waynesboro will be open to all traffic.
  • The backcountry will be open to day-use only. Over 480 miles of trails will be accessible from trailheads along Skyline Drive.
  • Vehicle parking along Skyline Drive at overlooks and trailhead parking areas will be in designated areas only. If parking area is full, please do not park outside of the designated area, move on to a less crowded area.
  • Entrance stations will be staffed and entrance fees collected.
  • Limited restrooms will be open at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6), Panorama (mile 31.5), Byrd Visitor Center (mile 51) and Beagle Gap (mile 99.5).

The following facilities remain closed:

  • Skyline Drive will be closed nightly from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
  • Backcountry camping will not be authorized.
  • Visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, lodges, cabins, Massanutten Lodge, and Rapidan Camp historic structures will remain closed.
  • Old Rag and Whiteoak Canyon/Cedar Run circuit trails will remain closed.
  • Boundary trailheads will remain inaccessible.
  • Retail shops, food and beverage areas are closed at this time, but they may become accessible during this Phase 1 period of reopening provided they meet the mandatory requirements in the Forward Virginia Guidelines [nps.us8.list-manage.com].