Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park

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VISIT Shenandoah National Park:

Park Details

Shenandoah National Park was established on May 22, 1926, and has a total area of 199,195 acres (311 square miles, or 806 square kilometers).

Address Shenandoah National Park, Luray, VA, 22835
Phone540 999-3500
HoursShenandoah National Park is always open, however, portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the Park, are periodically closed during inclement weather.
Entrance Fee$30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Shenandoah National Park is the 51st most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Shenandoah National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Shenandoah National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Shenandoah National Park are June, July, August & October.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits37,5889,99176,682117,831152,925162,890198,115165,056161,017295,326168,95645,939
Precipitation7572104857962776182778885
Avg Temp374048586775787771604939
Max Temp555766758085888782756556
Avg Temp202228384756605952413124
Min Temp25920314250493624169
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Shenandoah National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Shenandoah National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
The Full Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trip7138
DC, Shenandoah, New River Gorge to Great Smoky Mountains7679

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Shenandoah National Park.

NameDistance
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park44 mi
Manassas National Battlefield Park49 mi
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park50 mi
Prince William Forest Park53 mi
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park64 mi
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts65 mi
Piscataway Park69 mi
George Washington Memorial National Parkway69 mi
Thomas Stone National Historic Site71 mi
Clara Barton National Historic Site72 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Shenandoah National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Big Meadows - Shenandoah National ParkStanley, VA more 5 miles
Lewis Mountain - Shenandoah National ParkStanardsville, VA more 10 miles
Mathews Arm - Shenandoah National ParkRileyville, VA more 15 miles
Camp RooseveltLuray, VA more 16 miles
Shenandoah River - Guest State ParkFront Royal, VA more 22 miles
Little Fort OHVFort Valley, VA more 24 miles
Loft Mountain - Shenandoah National ParkCrozet, VA more 26 miles
Elizabeth FurnaceFront Royal, VA more 27 miles
Wolf GapWardensville, WV more 33 miles
Trout PondLost City, WV more 36 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Shenandoah National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Bryce ResortMount Jackson, VA1,750 ft25%22 mi
MassanuttenMassanutten, VA2,925 ft43%22 mi
The HomesteadFree Union, VA3,200 ft37%29 mi
WintergreenNellysford, VA3,515 ft46%54 mi
Timberline Four SeasonsDavis, WV4,268 ft35%66 mi
Canaan ValleyDavis, WV4,280 ft47%68 mi
Tussey MountainBoalsburg, PA1,810 ft33%88 mi
Liberty MountainFairfield, PA1,190 ft35%100 mi
Eagle RockFayetteville, PA1,810 ft27%100 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Shenandoah National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Shenandoah National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Washington Dulles International AirportIADWashington, DC56 mi
Ronald Reagan Washington National AirportDCAWashington, DC74 mi
Richmond International AirportRICRichmond, VA90 mi
Baltimore/Washington International AirportBWIBaltimore, MD101 mi
Pittsburgh International AirportPITPittsburgh, PA168 mi
Raleigh-Durham International AirportRDURaleigh/Durham, NC185 mi
Philadelphia International AirportPHLPhiladelphia, PA190 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Shenandoah National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Charlottesville Albemarle AirportCHOCharlottesville, VA28 mi
Shenandoah Valley Regional AirportSHDStaunton/Waynesboro/Harrisonburg, VA35 mi
Lynchburg Regional Preston Glenn FieldLYHLynchburg, VA95 mi
Morgantown Municipal Walter L. Bill Hart FieldMGWMorgantown, WV114 mi
North Central West Virginia AirportCKBClarksburg, WV114 mi
Roanoke–Blacksburg Regional AirportROARoanoke, VA122 mi
Altoona Blair County AirportAOOAltoona, PA122 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.