Quiet Solitude in Shenandoah National Park

‚ÄčAs the temperatures drop and leaves fall from the trees, visibility in the park improves and the valleys below and mountains beyond are more spectacular than ever.

You’ll also have a better chance of seeing woodland animals like deer, squirrels, and turkeys as they forage for food. Foxes and bobcats are active throughout winter as well. Snow in the mountains make it fun and easy to see who’s out and about; find tracks of mice, rabbits, and other animals.

Even if you have already been to the park, a crisp, winter visit is a unique way to experience Shenandoah. Listen and look for Shenandoah’s winter birdlife. Chickadees, nuthatches, and a host of woodpeckers will be searching for seeds and berries or peeking under bark for hard-to-find insects.

Shenandoah National Park is always open. However, the lodging and food services, campgrounds, and visitor centers are closed from December - March. Portions of Skyline Drive, the only public road through the park, are periodically closed during inclement weather and at night during deer hunting season.

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