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“Ride the Drive” Car-Free Day in Shenandoah National Park
Sun, April 23, 2017, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
Shenandoah National Park invites bicyclists (and other users of non-motorized vehicles) to enjoy Skyline Drive's north district on April 23, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During those hours the portion of the Drive from Front Royal (mile 0) to Thornton Gap (mile 31.5) will be open to non-motorized vehicles only.
Please visit the Shenandoah National Park's website at https://www.nps.gov/shen/ride-the-drive.htm for the most up-to-date information about the event.
The event is a celebration of National Park Week and National Park RX Day. National Park Week is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks!
National ParkRx Day is celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. It encourages everyone to envision their visits to parks and public lands as very important parts of their physical and mental health.
To ensure park staff is prepared to make Ride the Drive an excellent event, we are asking you to register so we can estimate attendence. Registration does NOT guarantee parking in a particular location. All parking is first-come, first-served.
The Shenandoah National Part Trust, the official nonprofit philanthropic partner of the park, is proud to work with Shenandoah National Park on this event. Please direct all inquiries about the event to Shenandoah National Park at Shen_hq_info_desk@nps.gov or 540-999-3500, ext. 3397.
Is there a fee?
No. April 23 is a Fee-free day for all national parks. However, free registration is required and will be open March 10.
Where can I park?
Registration does NOT guarantee parking. All parking is first-come, first-served. To enter at Front Royal (recommended), you can park at Skyline High School which is located just across Route 340 from the Park's entrance. Parking at the Panorama Comfort station, near the Thornton Gap Entrance, is limited to 100 cars. Additional parking is at Hearthstone School near Sperryville, Va. about five miles from the entrance.
Parking is limited. Carpooling and drop-offs are encouraged!
Will there be shuttles?
What are the regulations for the event?
All normal Park regulations apply including the 35 mph speed limit.
What services will be available?
Skyline High School (151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, VA) - restrooms
Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6 of Skyline Drive) - restrooms and water
Browntown Overlook (mile 14.9 of Skyline Drive) - restrooms
Elkwallow Wayside (mile 24 of Skyline Drive) - restrooms, water, and food
Elkwallow Picnic Grounds (mile 24 of Skyline Drive) - restrooms
Panorama Comfort Station (150 Panorama Upper Parking Rd, mile 31.6 of Skyline Drive) - restrooms and water
The Elkwallow Wayside serves food and sells some groceries.
What are the hours of the event?
Participants may expect the north district of Skyline Drive to be closed to motorists from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Drive will be closed to the public at 10:00 p.m. April 22 to prepare for the event. It will reopen to the public at 7:00 p.m. on April 23. However, there will be vehicular traffic in the closure area after 5:00 p.m. so any remaining bicyclists should use caution.
What if the weather is bad? Is there a "rain date"?
No, the event will be held rain or shine unless there is severe weather that prompts the park to cancel for safety reasons. In that event, there will no "rain date".
Who can participate?
Bicyclists, walkers, and others using non-motorized vehicles may participate. Motorized wheelchairs are welcome. Horses are not permitted.
What if I have questions or special needs?
Please call 540-999-3500, ext. 3397 if you or your group has special needs (ie. wheelchair access, etc.)
Parking maps and elevations.
The Shenandoah National Part Trust is proud to partner with Shenandoah National Park on this event. Please direct all inquiries about the event to Shenandoah National Park at Shen_hq_info_desk@nps.gov or 540-999-3500, ext. 3397.