Winter in Shenandoah

Clear skies and bare trees make winter in Shenandoah a magical experience. You’ll enjoy unobstructed vistas and wildlife tracks in fresh snow. While Shenandoah National Park is open year-round, Skyline Drive is sometimes closed due to weather conditions. Prepare before you go: call the park (540-999-3500) and/or check their website to ensure that Skyline Drive is open. (Also keep in mind that Skyline Drive will be closed overnight—from 5 pm to 8 am—through January 8 to enable park rangers to concentrate their patrols on areas most frequented by poachers in the park during hunting season.)
The majority of visitor services cease over the winter in the park. Check the closings schedule for details. And play it safe:

  • Make sure your gas tank is full
  • Bring water and food and warm clothing and blankets
  • Leave an itinerary with someone
  • Have the park’s emergency number handy: 800-732-0911