Shenandoah National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
197,411 acres
Annual Visitation
1,210,200 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
May 22, 1926
Entrance Fee
$10 per vehicle per week
Time Zone
Eastern
Lowest Elevation
561 feet at North Entrance
Highest Elevation
4,049 feet on Hawksbill Peak
Lowest Average Temp
19F in January
Record Low Temp
-10F in 1961
Highest Average Temp
86F in July
Record High Temp
102F in 1966
Our Last Visit
May 2008

Park Contact Information

Shenandoah National Park
3655 East US-221, Luray, VA 22835
Info at (540) 999-3500

Park Creation Timeline

1926
On May 22, 1926 Congress authorizes the creation of the park through land acquisitions.
1935
On December 27, 1935 the park was officially established and the Civilian Conservation Corps got to work on trails and roads.

Animals and Plants

There are more than 50 known species of mammals, including white tailed deer, black bears, bobcats, squirrels, chipmunks, skunks, and voles. See the NPS compiled complete list.
There are 27 species of reptiles found at Shenandoah including 18 snakes, 5 turtles, 3 skinks, and 1 lizard. See the NPS compiled complete list.
There are over 200 species of birds found in the park at least part of the year. See the NPS compiled complete list.
Over 1,300 species of vascular plants are found in the park, though fewer than 100 of these are trees and shrubs. The dominant forest type is oak-hickory, although cove hardwood and spruce-fir are also found.


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