Shenandoah NP – Burn Ban UPDATED 12/14/23




Update: Shenandoah National Park has lifted some of the fire restrictions put in place last month. However, fires remain prohibited in the park’s backcountry, which includes the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). A.T. hikers should continue exercising extreme caution when using camp stoves.


Update: Shenandoah National Park warns of smoke from the Quaker Run Fire and urges visitors to plan hikes in areas away from the east side of the central portion of the park. The Quaker Run Fire is not on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and the A.T. remains open in the park.

A complete fire ban is still in effect in the park.


Due to dry conditions and the increased risk of wildfires, Shenandoah National Park has implemented a complete fire ban effective 8:00 a.m. November 7, 2023 (NOBO miles 864.3 to 968.5). Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the park with the exception of inside vehicles and at established paved or gravel parking areas.

The ban will remain in effect until conditions improve with significant rain or snow over time, decreasing the fire hazard. Appalachian Trail (A.T.) hikers in this section should avoid having campfires and exercise extreme caution when using camp stoves.

Even in areas without a burn ban, dry conditions are prevalent along the A.T. from Georgia to Virginia. To be safe, hikers should consider forgoing a campfire and exercise extreme caution with camp stoves in dry areas regardless of active burn bans. Always check for local burn bans before you start your hike.

If you come across a smoldering campfire or a wildfire, call 911.

For more information, visit the park’s website.