Shenandoah NP – Backcountry Permit Changes & Fee




Starting January 11, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., visitors who wish to overnight in the backcountry of Shenandoah National Park must purchase a permit through This includes Appalachian Trail (A.T.) hikers in the park. The previous system of obtaining a paper permit through the park’s website or at kiosks along the Trail will be eliminated effective January 10, 2024.

The new permit system will also implement a $9 per person fee and a $6 fee per reservation. For example, a one-person permit would cost $15. A two-person permit on the same reservation would cost $24.

Permits can be obtained up to 90 days in advance of entering the park. A.T. thru-hikers will not need to indicate specific camping zones for each night. Thru-hikers will be able to choose a 14-day window during which to hike through the park.

Hikers will need to carry a printed or digital copy of their permit with them while in the park. For more information, visit the backcountry regulations page of the park’s website.