PARK UPDATE April 4, 2020
Shenandoah National Park, in response to guidance from Virginia Department of Health, is announcing 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 the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Decisions on modifications to park operations are being re-evaluated regularly by park management.
As of April 4, 2020, Shenandoah National Park will offer very limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Shenandoah National Park, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the state health guidance:
NEW: Shenandoah National Park will be closed to all access from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily.
NEW: 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 8:00 p.m.
Skyline Drive is 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 8:00 p.m.
NEW: All picnic grounds are closed.
All boundary trailheads in Rappahannock and Page Counties are closed. For a list, see yesterday's update.
Old Rag and the Whiteoak-Cedar Run loops and associated trails are closed. For a specific list, see the March 25 update.
Routes 670 and 648 in Madison County leading to boundary trailheads for Rose River and Dark Hollow are closed.
All facilities, including bathrooms are closed.
There is no camping. Campgrounds are closed and the backcountry is closed to overnight use.
Albemarle County, the city of Charlottesville, and the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority have closed the recreational area around Sugar Hollow Reservoir which also prevents access to Moorman River Trails from that location.