What to do in Shenandoah River State Park

One of Virginia's newest parks and still in the development stage, it promises to be a favorite for both the instate and out-of-state visitor. This park is host to Virginia's first Youth Conservation Corps program.

This park is beautifully situated in northwest Virginia. Massanutten Mountain is visible to the west and the Shenandoah National Park is visible to the east. Presently, there are picnic shelters, shore fishing, primitive individual and group campsites. No swimming or hunting is permitted. The park has 1,604 acres with 5.6 miles of river frontage along the beautiful Shenandoah River.

This park is the site of the first Virginia Youth Conservation Corps where young men and ladies volunteer a few weeks each summer to restored park roads, build and maintain trails, evaluate river conditions and much more.

The park provides a small boat launch 3.2 miles downstream from the Bentonville access area. Fishing is especially popular. Many anglers enjoy wading out into the river for an opportunity at catching large and smallmouth bass, and bluegill. Hiking, biking and bridle paths are now open. A horse concession has a stable full of young calm animals waiting to be ridden through the woods and open fields. You tell them your riding experience and they'll pick out the perfect horse for an enjoyable park excursion. Presently the weekend fee is $28 an hour. Weekday discounts available.

Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, Skyline Caverns, Luray Caverns and Sky Meadows State Park are all within a very short drive.

The park is located 8 miles south of Front Royal, Virginia and 15 miles north of Luray. It is just off US 340.

Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The central to northern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit (1 to 2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The central to northern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures ranging from 76 to above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.

P.O. Box 235
Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610

Phone: 540-622-6840

Fax: 540-622-6841

Email: pco@dcr.state.va.us
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