Park Information & Hours

The park is open year-round to visitors, but the restaurant and some activities aren’t available during a portion of time in the off-season. See below for details.

Dates of Operation: (for more detail on the items below, please check the specific links on the site)

Gates: open all year

Lodging-Motel, Cottages, Cabins: open all year

Visitor Center: March 31 – May 25: open Friday – Sunday 9 am to 6 pm from; May 26 – July 31: open Monday- Sunday 10 am to 6 pm;  August 1 – October 29: Thursday – Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. A 24-hour touch screen kiosk is located outside the Visitor Center which offers park information and trail maps. For information about weekly interpretive programming, click here. For special events, such as festivals, etc., click here.

Campground: open from March 31 – October 31.

Campground Store: March 31 – May 25: open Thursday 12 pm to 8 pm;  Friday 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday 10 am to 8 pm  and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm; May 26 – September 4: open Monday – Wednesday 10 am to 8 pm, Thursday – Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 8 pm; September 5 – October 29: open Thursday – Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. The campground store is closed for the remainder of the year.

Pedal Boats: May 6 – May 25: open Saturday – Sunday 11 am to 6 pm; May 26 – August 6: Monday -Thursday 11 am to 6 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11am – 6 pm; August 7 – September 24: Saturday –  11 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 6 pm; September 25 – October 29: Saturday – Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Pedal boats are closed for the remainder of the year.

Day-use Areas: River access areas at Ratliff Hole and Garden Hole are closed at sunset each day and gates are locked at that time.

Front Desk: The front desk is open year round. The hours of operation vary. (Front desk is closed during the winter Holidays, i.e., Thanksgiving Day, December 23, 24, 25, and 26th, 2016, and January 1, 2017.)

October 30, 2016 – March 30, 2017
Monday – Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8 am to 5 pm

March 31 – May 25
Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm

May 26 – September 4
Monday – Thursday: 7 am to 9 pm
Friday – Sunday: 7 am to 10 pm

September 5 – October 29
Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm

Restaurant: Open seasonally. Details below —

Rhododendron Restaurant Operating hours
The days of operation vary depending on the season:

In 2017, the Rhododendron Restaurant will open for the season on Friday, March 31. The schedule is as follows:

From March 31 – May 25, the Rhododendron Restaurant will be open Friday and Saturday from 7 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 7 am to 8 pm.

From the Friday prior to Memorial Day (May 26) through Labor Day, the restaurant is open daily from 7 am to 9 pm;

Beginning AFTER Labor Day through October 30, it follows the following schedule:
Monday and Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday and Thursday: 11 am to 8 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm

The restaurant is closed during the remainder of the year.

Splash! in the Park
Splash in the Park is open daily from the Saturday prior to Memorial Day through August 6. After August 6, Splash! in the park will be open on weekends only through September 4. After Labor Day, Splash! in the Park will be closed for the season.

Hours of operation are as follows: Monday through Thursday open 10 am to 6 pm; Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday from 1 pm to 8 pm.

Admission: Monday through Friday
48″ and taller – $8
Under 48″ – $6
Seniors (Age 55+) – $6
Infants age 1 and under – Free

Saturday & Sunday
48″ and taller – $10
Under 48″ – $8
Seniors (Age 55+) – $8
Infants age 1 and under – Free

Admission for kids under four feet tall is half-off after 3 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Splash! Family/Group Fun Pass punch cards may be purchased at Splash! in the Park in-season during operating hours.

Horseback Riding: Open seasonally.

Thursday-Monday from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday-Wednesday: CLOSED

Hiking/Biking Trails: open all year

Hours of operation for different areas of the park vary depending on the season. Call for specific times.

Fees: A $2 day-use fee per car for admittance; $10 per bus (15-passenger or more). Season gate passes may be purchased at the Park Visitor Center for $26.

Late Check-in: If you arrive after the front desk/camp store has closed, For lodge rooms, cabins, or cottages: go to the front entrance of the Rhododendron Lodge/Restaurant. Check-in packets will be posted in the breezeway. Reservations for campsites are now site specific. If you have a reservation and arrive late, a check-in packet and instructions will be posted on the building at the entrance of the campground. Those without reservations may contact the on-call ranger (number is posted at the camp store) for assistance in choosing a site. If you are arriving without a reservation and wish to book a multiple night stay, visit the Camp Store if open or the reservations desk at the Rhododendron Lodge to schedule those accommodations.



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