Shenandoah National Park issues October travel tips
Shenandoah National Park (SNP) recently issued travel tips for those visiting the park this October.
Park officials are expecting high visitation in October as visitors come for the fall leaf display. The first weekend in October saw 14,000 cars enter the park, doubling 2019’s 7,000.
To help visitors plan their trips to SNP during this popular time, park officials have issued some tips to help make the experience better:
- Purchasing passes or paying entrance fees online ahead of time at www.recreation.gov. This will reduce wait times at entrance stations. Special lanes for visitors who have pre-paid have been established at the most popular entrances at Front Royal and Thornton Gap.
- Utilizing the less popular entrances off Route 33 and Interstate 64 can also significantly reduce wait times to access Skyline Drive.
- Pre-planning. Shenandoah has over 65 overlooks and 500 miles of trails so pre-planning can help visitors have an enjoyable trip to the Park. The Park’s website (www.nps.gov/shen) and its official app (https://www.nps.gov/shen/learn/photosmultimedia/app.htm) offer suggestions for how to enjoy your visit. If you want a less crowded experience, arrive early or stay late and avoid main trails, such as Old Rag, Whiteoak Canyon, Dark Hollow Falls, Stony Man, and Hawksbill Trails.
- If you see someone whose behavior might hurt them, others, or the park, please tell a ranger or call 1-800-732-0911.
Additional tips and COVID-related information can be found on SNP’s website at https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/know-before-you-go.htm.
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