Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring Opening Dates

Facilities in Shenandoah National Park will begin opening this month and will continue to open through the spring.  

Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, located at mile 51 Skyline Drive, will continue serving visitors on weekends (weather permitting) until March 23 when the visitor center will begin operating 7 days a week.  The Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, located at mile 4.6 Skyline Drive, will open 7 days a week beginning April 7.

Campgrounds will operate on the following schedule: Big Meadows Campground will open March 24; Lewis Mountain Campground will open March 31; Loft Mountain and Dundo Group campgrounds will open May 3. The opening of Mathews Arm Campground will be delayed until September 1. The entire wastewater system that supports the Mathews Arm Campground is under construction. This project began in the fall of 2016.

Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River, and Dundo Picnic Grounds are currently open. The remaining picnic grounds will operate as follows:  Big Meadows will open March 24; Lewis Mountain will open March 31; and Dickey Ridge Picnic Grounds will open April 7.

Concessioner-operated restaurants, lodges, and associated facilities will operate as follows: Lewis Mountain Cabins and Lewis Mountain Campstore will open March 17; Big Meadows Wayside and Big Meadows Shower/Laundry will open March 23; Skyland Resort will open March 30; Loft Mountain Wayside will open April 6; Elkwallow Wayside and Skyland Stables will open on April 7; Loft Mountain Campstore and Loft Mountain Shower/Laundry will open May 3; Big Meadows Lodge will open May 10.

For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park go to or call the park at (540) 999-3500.

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