The park offers pet friendly accommodations at Big Meadows Lodge, Skyland and Lewis Cabins, with a maximum of two pets per room and an additional $30 per night pet cleaning fee. Check out the Pampered Pooch Package which includes some fun extras like a Shenandoah doggie leash, water bowl and special treats.
I love the rustic Big Meadows Lodge With its rustic timber and stone exterior and chipmunks frolicking under its shady canopy of trees, I feel like I’m in the heart of the mountains. The lodge offers a limited number of pet friendly rooms—mostly the traditional rooms and some two-bedrooms— and they are fairly small, so you might want to check out the pet friendly Lewis Cabin option. The largest lodge in the park is Skyland, located at the top of Skyline Drive. Established in 1888 as a mountain retreat and sitting at 3,680 feet, Skyland offers panoramic views of the valley and many of its 178 guestrooms and cabins welcome pets.
Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive are absolutely packed in the fall—and park lodging sells out a year in advance—so be prepared for heavy traffic on the drive and if you haven’t made a reservation, keep your fingers crossed for a cancellation.
If you’re planning a day visit, the National Park Service offers several free days every year. In 2020, August 25th is fee-free in honor of the NPS birthday, September 26th is National Public Lands Day and fees are also waived on November 11th for Veterans Day.
Covid 19 Travel Information for the Park
Shenandoah National Park is currently in Phase Two of its reopening. The park is open 24 hours a day, most trails, campsites and shelters are open, although camp stores and visitor centers may have reduced hours or be closed. Patrons in the camp stores are limited in number and required to wear masks. The exhibits in the Byrd Visitor Center, the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and the historic Rapidan Camp are currently closed. Check the park’s website for updated information on closures. Note also that you will need to download trail maps before your visit as paper handouts are not available at this time.
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