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
March 6 – March 12
March 13 – May 21
May 22 – September 13
September 14 – October 25
October 26 – December 13
December 14 – December 31
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
May 22 – July 31
August 1 – November 1
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