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

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 $35. Gate fees may be deposited in drop safe at front gate if attendant is not on duty.

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, 2021*)


September 14 – October 31
Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Friday – Saturday – 7:00am – 9:00pm

Sunday 7:00 am – 8:00pm

October 31 – December 31

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.


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.  For information about weekly interpretive programming, click here.

The Visitors’ Center will remain closed until April 13.


September 9 – October 31
Wednesday through Sunday

10:00am – 6:00pm

November 1
Closed for the season

After November 1, the Visitor Center is closed until the Spring 2022 season.



Open from March 6 – October 31


Campground Store:

Monday & Tuesday: 12pm-6pm

Wednesday & Thursday: 12pm-8pm

Friday-Sunday: 10am-8pm


Day-use Areas:

River access areas at Ratliff Hole, Center Creek, and Garden Hole are closed at sunset each day and gates are locked at that time. Unattended vehicles left after sunset are subject to fines and/or towing at owner’s expense.



Open seasonally. Details here.

Current Operating Hours:

Monday-Thursday: Closed

Friday: 12:00pm – 7:30pm

Saturday: 8:00am – 7:30pm

Sunday: 8:00am – 5:30pm


Download our Park Brochure here.

*Header and Tower Overlook Photos by Minty Verbeten


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