This park is on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and has more than 1,600 acres along 5.2 miles of shoreline. The park opened in June 1999. In addition to meandering river frontage, the park offers scenic views of Massanutten Mountain to the west and Shenandoah National Park to the east. A large riverside picnic area, picnic shelters, trails, river access and a car-top boat launch make this a popular destination for families, anglers and canoeists. Ten riverfront tent campsites, a campground with water and electric sites, cabins, camping cabins and a group campground are available. With more than 24 miles of trails and a new zipline, the park has plenty of options for hiking, biking, horseback riding and adventure.
This park's hours of operation are between 8 a.m. and dusk. NOTE: This park is a Trash Free Facility - refuse must be removed by park visitor. A central refuse collection area is at the Cullers Overlook.
8 a.m. – dusk.
The park is in Warren County, eight miles south of Front Royal and 15 miles north of Luray. It's off Rt. 340 in Bentonville.
Its address is 350 Daughter of Stars Drive, Bentonville, VA 22610; Latitude, 38.854777. Longitude, -78.306552.
1,619 acres, 5.6 miles of river frontage. About 140 acres are pastoral.
The park is open year-round; it has standard tent only sites, electric-water camping, four camping cabins (bunkhouses), regular cabins and a lodge. For information on availability of overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK (7275). Click here for park fees.
Click here for details on reservation cancellation and transfer policies. There is a charge, plus tax, per pet per night for cabin stays. There are no designated swimming areas at the park.
Note: Be sure to bring confirmation letter(s) or reservation number(s) when you check in. If someone else is checking in for you, make sure the person has the reservation number. The number is needed to enter the cabin or lodge. Camping, cabin and lodge guests should also be prepared to show an ID.
Weekly rentals, required for these facilities during prime season, start on Saturday or Sunday. This park has no extra bed rentals. A two-night minimum stay is required the rest of the year. In prime season, however, guests who wish to stay less than a week may call 30 days prior to desired arrival date to see if there is vacancy for two-night minimum stay. Cabins and lodges are open year-round and may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. Check-in is 3 p.m., and checkout is 10 a.m.
Late arrivals: Guests who arrive after 4 p.m. should bring confirmation letter(s) or reservation number(s). Part of the reservation number is the passcode needed for keyless entrance of the cabin or lodge. Also, those arriving after-hours should check in at the park office between 9:30 and 11 a.m. the next day and bring with them an ID.
Lodge: Shenandoah River State Park has one six-bedroom lodge that sleeps up to 16. No bed rentals. During prime season, the lodge is rented week-long from Saturday to Saturday. Check-in is 3 p.m., and checkout is 10 a.m.
Cabins: During prime season, cabins 1 through 5 rent for weeklong stays starting on Saturday; the rental period for cabins 6 through 11 begins on Sunday. No extra bed rentals. Check-in is 3 p.m., and checkout is 10 a.m.
Total sites of each type: Two-bedroom frame, 9; three-bedroom frame, 1; six-bedroom lodge, 1
Total: 10 cabins; one lodge
Camping is year-round. Shenandoah River's developed campground has 32 sites with water and electric hookups for various equipment - tents, popups and RVs up to 60 feet long. Water at campsites is turned off when temperatures are below freezing. There's no reduction in fees - water is still available elsewhere in the park at such times. The campground has centrally located restrooms that have hot showers. Sites have fire-rings, picnic tables and lantern holders. Twenty-seven sites are back-in, and five are pull-through. Site assignment is made upon arrival, not at the time of reservation.
Four camping cabins (small bunkhouses) also are in the EW campground. They are unheated. The maximum occupancy for the camping cabins is four. There are 10 standard tent sites - for only tents - in the Right River Campground, which isn't near the EW Campground.
Those arriving after 4:30 should check in at the booth at the park's entrance. A rack outside the booth has envelopes with check-in documents for each guest.
EW Campground Sites (year-round)
Camping Cabins - (Camp Cabins 1-4, small bunkhouses, maximum occupancy 4, year-round)
The transfer deadline policy, cancellation and pet fees for camping cabins are the same as those for cabins.
River Right Campground (tents only, year-round)
Ten standard tent canoe-in or walk-in sites (TentStd), each with a picnic table and fire ring. The sites are less than 50 yards from the parking lot. The campground has a full service bathhouse. Potable water is available near the two vault toilets, and gray water sinks are near the bathhouse and the vault toilets by the parking lot. There are two river-access points, and there is parking for up to 21 vehicles. Reserve these sites through the Customer Service Center, 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for map of the campground.
Cottonwood Primitive Group Camp
This walk-in site for tents only accommodates up to 30 and is about 100 yards from the parking lot. The site is for organized groups only and is generally open year-round, depending on weather and site conditions. There's a bathhouse nearby. To reserve this site, call (540) 622-6840. The cancellation fee for a group site accommodating at least seven people is higher than is the fee for individual campsites.
Total sites: 10 tent standard sites, 32 EW sites; 4 camp cabins; one group site.
24 miles, seven of which are multi-use.
Visit the Explore Virginia Outdoors website for enhanced maps and video tours of Shenandoah River's trails.
There are no designated swimming areas. Wading and floating are permitted.
The park offers a car top access in the day-use area, located 3.2 miles downstream from the Bentonville access area. The "fish trap" access area, near Shelter 3, is suitable for wade fishing. Freshwater fishing is available, however there are no boat rentals. There are three car-top launches and two outfitters within five minutes of the park.
Yes, but no horse rentals. State law requires that visitors carry a copy of a negative Coggins report with each horse brought to the park.
Virginia Canopy Tours™ enables visitors to tour the park by zipline. The tour operator offers a fresh adventure covering the environment, culture, history and wildlife. Reservations are being taken now for the zipline tour, which takes about three hours to complete and costs $84 per person. It includes:
Explore Shenandoah Valley hardwood forests in a thrilling new way - zipping through treetops. The grand finale is an exhilarating 1,000-plus foot-long zip offering stunning views of Massanutten Mountain followed by a 30-foot rappel.
All participants receive individual safety and braking training and are accompanied by two certified eco-trained guides who handle all gear and transfers. Participants are well-secured at all times when off the ground as safety is the main focus of the dual-cable system course.
Click here for the park's trail guide.
Four shelters may be rented through the Customer Service Center. Call 1-800-933-PARK. They are available in two sizes: large and very large. They are rented all day from 8 a.m. to dusk. All shelters have lighting, are universally accessible, and feature pedestal grills, a water fountain and electricity (a single 15 amp 120v receptacle). Also, all are adjacent to parking. Daily parking fees apply to all shelter guests. Click here for park fees.
Cancellation policy: No refund within 14 days before reserved date. Before then, there's a cancellation fee.
Shelter 1 (large) - It is riverside, accommodates 50 and is universally accessible. The shelter, which is octagonal and has 900 square feet of floor area with seven picnic tables, is about 200 feet away from a restroom. There are 29 parking spaces.
Shelter 2 (large) - It is riverside, accommodates 50 and is universally accessible. The shelter, which is octagonal and has 900 square feet of floor area with seven picnic tables, is about 150 feet away from a restroom. There are 15 parking spaces.
Shelter 3 (large) - It is riverside, accommodates 50 and is universally accessible. The shelter, which is octagonal and has 900 square feet of floor area with seven picnic tables, is about 300 feet away from a restroom. There are 14 parking spaces.
Massanutten Shelter (extra large) - This shelter overlooks Massanutten Mountain and the river, and can accommodate 100. It's about 34 x 34 feet with two 12 x 20 foot wings, is about 300 feet away from a restroom and is beside a 55-space parking lot.
None at this park.
The visitor center features local wildlife and has touch-screens for learning about the region's history and bird species. An aquarium there also displays fish from the Shenandoah River. The center's gift shop sells snacks, novelty items, shirts, jackets, etc.
Ten miles away in Front Royal. Also in Front Royal are Martin's Grocery and Food Lion. As well, there are two convenience stores about one-quarter mile away in Bentonville.
The EW Campground has a laundry.
None at this park.
Seasonal schedule between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
Drinks and snacks are available at the visitor center.
The first component of Shenandoah River State Park was the 922-acre Jeni Tract, which was acquired in 1994 as part of a 1992 state bond referendum. In addition to the Jeni tract, other properties acquired for the park include the Maddox tract (171 acres), Hidalgo tract (7 acres), Parsall tract (22 acres), the Cullers tract (484 acres), and a tract from Norfolk and Southern of about 15 acres.
The park enjoys the support of a nonprofit citizen group, Friends of Shenandoah River State Park. Its mission is to help the park provide educational and recreational opportunities while fostering stewardship and community involvement. The group meets on the first Tuesday each month, and everyone is welcome to attend the meetings. To join or learn more about the group, click here.
Master plans must be written for parks before they're built. The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter. The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources. Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan. Click here for this park's master plan.