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Shenandoah National Park announces further operational changes

6 April 2020 Covid19 Luray/Page County Front Royal/Warren County News


Shenandoah National Park will be offering limited services outside of those that support visitor and resource protection.

The park, in response to guidance from Virginia Department of Health, announced additional modifications to operations which support federal, state, local and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to promote social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19. Decisions on modifications to park operations are being reevaluated regularly by park management. View SNP’s COVID-19 page here.

The following changes have been made to comply with health guidelines:

  • Shenandoah National Park will be closed to all access from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily
  • All picnic grounds are closed
  • Skyline Drive is closed to motorized vehicles from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 65.5 at Route 33 east of Elkton and west of Stanardsville (Swift Run Entrance). You can enter at Swift Run, but you can only go south on Skyline Drive. You can also enter at Rockfish Gap Entrance east of Waynesboro and west of Charlottesville. The 40 mile stretch of Skyline Drive from Swift Run to Rockfish Gap is the only portion of the drive open to vehicles. Motorists need to be sure to exit by 8 p.m.
  • Skyline Drive will still be open to pedestrians, bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles from mile 0 at Front Royal to mile 65.5 (Swift Run Entrance), daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visitors need to exit by 8 p.m.

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