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

Front Desk: The front desk is open year round. The hours of operation vary. (*Front desk is closed during the winter Holidays, i.e., December 24 and 25. January 1, 2020*)

January 2 – March 5
Monday – Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

March 6 – March 12
Monday – Sunday: 9 am to 7 pm

March 13 – May 21
Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm

May 22 – September 13
Monday – Thursday: 7 am to 9 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 9 pm

September 14 – October 25
Monday – Thursday: 8 am to 8 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm

October 26 – December 13
Monday – Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm
Friday – Saturday: 7 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 7 am to 8 pm

December 14  – December 31
Monday* – Sunday*: 9 am to 5 pm

Visitor Center: The Visitor Center holds our historical and cultural museum, the gristmill, moonshine still, Counts cabin, and is the normal meeting place for our seasonal interpretive programming. 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.

March 6 – May 21
Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday – Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

May 22 – July 31 
Monday – Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

August 1 – November 1
Monday – Wednesday: Closed
Thursday – Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

November 2
Closed for the season

After November 1, the Visitor Center is closed until our Spring 2021 season.

Campground: open from March 6 – November 10

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.

Restaurant: Open seasonally. Details here.

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: Check-in packets will be posted on the Rhododendron Lodge’s front door. If you have a campsite 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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*Header and Tower Overlook Photos by Minty Verbeten


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