Shenandoah National Park covers an area of
199,017 acres (805.39 km2) of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the state
of Virginia in the United States. Shenandoah National Park spans
part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the foothills of the state of
Virginia. The highest peak is Hawksbill Mountain, which rises to
1,235 meters. Shenandoah National Park is famous for the road called
Skyline Drive which runs through the park for 169 km. It is mostly
frequented in the fall, when the leaves of the trees change color.
The park has several paths such as a section of the Appalachian
Trail among the 800 km of trails in the park. There are also ten
waterfalls and camping opportunities, horseback riding, etc.
Mammals include Whitetail Deer, American Black
Bear, Bobcat, Raccoon, Skunk, Northern Opossum, Red and Gray Fox,
and Florida Cottontail. More than 200 species of birds live in the
park, of which about 30 species hibernate here. 32 species of fish
live in the waters of the park.
Fees and permits Shenandoah National Park is
one of the NPS units that charge an entry fee. The following fee
types are available:
1-7 days per vehicle: $10 Dec-Feb, $15
Mar-Nov 1-7 days per motorcycle: $10 1-7 day per person (e.g.
visiting by bicycle, bus): $5 Dec-Feb, $8 Mar-Nov Annual pass
(may be signed by up to two people): $30 There are several passes
for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on
foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks
and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees
at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the
Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes
are valid at all national parks including Shenandoah National Park:
The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue)
can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free
annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a
Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID. U.S. citizens or
permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid
for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site
for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide
documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a
fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also
obtain a $20 annual pass. U.S. citizens or permanent residents
with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the
life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no
charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide
documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass
also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal
agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can
receive a free Volunteer Pass. 4th graders can receive an Annual
4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th
grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any
accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required. In
2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry
is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr.
Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public
Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).