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Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

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Address: Shenandoah National Park, VA
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+1 540-635-3566

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History at every turn

We loved the beautiful displays of the area and of how the Skyline Dr was built. The three movies (playing at this time) were worth watching and contained much history.

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

We loved the beautiful displays of the area and of how the Skyline Dr was built. The three movies (playing at this time) were worth watching and contained much history.

Thank Inaleeb
Arlington, VA
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Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Outside the visitor center is a huge open area. It's there that Roosevelt dedicated Shenandoah. We went to the visitor to ask about hikes and grab the kids junior ranger books. The rangers were really helpful. additionally, we also saw a movie about the parks origins discussing Stephen Mather's role. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank Sara_sakflva
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Every time we go to the northern end of the Shenandoah's, we always make it a point to visit the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center. Being older than the Byrd Visitor Center in the central area of the Shenandoah's, the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center holds history in the walls of the building and helpful staff to help you with planning a... More 

Thank Sue L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Nice clean well equipped center with plenty of gift choices as well as displays explaining the history of the park.

Thank bigwrldtrvlr
Fredericksburg, Ohio
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Dickey Ridge has one of the most beautiful views in the park while also having refreshments and souvenirs to purchase.

Thank jroederlpn
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

If you are driving southbound along Skyline Drive, this visitor's center is a great initial stop. Located only a couple miles after the entrance, park rangers are here to answer questions, there are several small exhibits regarding the park, there is a small gift shop, and plenty of restrooms in the adjacent building.

1 Thank Anthony H
Felton, Delaware
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

This people in the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center can answer all the questions that you might have. There is a room with a layout of the entire Skyline Drive and information about trails, restaurants, hiking, and a gift shop. Great place to stop and visit if you are going north to south.

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Owensville, Indiana
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Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Nice stop along Skyline Drive to learn a little history about the park. Very friendly, informed park staff ready to answer any question you have about the park. Gift shop, displays of interest. Plenty of parking, great views with ample benches to sit awhile and enjoy God's gifts of beauty!

Thank Denise D
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Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Near the north entrance to the Park, the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center made for a great stop. The Rangers were extremely helpful in recommending trails and we're great to talk with. Plenty of bathrooms were available, which is always a plus. There is a great overlook, with some benches and nearby picnic area. And of course a great gift shop... More 

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Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

We were stunned to see that the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center was closed when we entered Shenandoah National Park on August 25th, the 100th anniversary of the National Parks! We would have thought that a volunteer could have been there to greet visitors to the park and allow them to see the exhibits and the movie. As you just drive... More 

1 Thank Donna B

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