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Good place to begin your orientation .

We were very impressed with the park rangers and their knowledge of the different hikes and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jane S
Toronto, Canada
Great Centre

We made this our first port of call and were very impressed. The rangers were really helpful, they... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very impressed with the park rangers and their knowledge of the different hikes and difficulties of. The video presentation are worth viewing and are quite short - 12-15 minutes. We went through the museum park and learned a lot about skyline dirve and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jane S
Reviewed 18 August 2018

We made this our first port of call and were very impressed. The rangers were really helpful, they gave us excellent advice on the walks that would suit our needs, the maps they have are free and very accurate. We did Hawksbill, Bearfence Ridge, Dark...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

This is a great stop, with a gift store, exhibit and more buildings nearby which include a cafe/restaurant and a supermarket. The gift store was not cheap however, and I paid $27 for a Shenandoah National Park t-shirt. There is a really interesting exhibit/ small...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank victorian986
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

The short walkthrough exhibit at the visitor center is enjoyable and informative. It is well maintained and provides a good history of the park. It does not gloss over the fact that people were forced to sell their land. The staff are very friendly and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Chris P
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Overall, a very nice display on the local nature, local history, the debate over the removal of the park's original inhabitants, the CCC's role and the WWII role plus the history of the tourism industry. It's very well done and very informative. Nice gift shop...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dave C
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We entered the park early and drove through the beautiful scenery, surprising three black bear and a heard of deer. The first Visitor's Center was not yet open, so we went on the the Byrd Center. It was full of buses of school children all...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

The cafe next to visitor center have a very delicious blackberry ice cream! The taste is amazing, smooth, and creamy. I’m sorry that I didn’t try a shack milk... the next time will;) P.S. the ice cream $2.45!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ELena J
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Returning from a trip further south and decided to take the time for the Skyline Drive. Roads were in terrific condition and the views spectacular. Stopped at the Byrd VC to catch a ranger program to finish the Jr Ranger badge. Walked in just in...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank whiskey3pa
Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful exhibit! Nice little gift shop. Park stamps for my daughter's travel journal. Clean well kept bathroom. Recommend a stop.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Lisa M
Reviewed 23 July 2017

This was the first visitor's center we encountered in Shenandoah as we drove up from the south. The staff were very helpful in terms of recommending nearby hikes and things to see, as well as where/how to park for the hike we were interested in...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Noleen J
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Response from Larry T | Reviewed this property |
There is not a cafe in the visitor center but just down the parking lot is Big Meadows Wayside. The Wayside has a nice sit down grill area as well as a pick-up and go section where you can order something from the grill or... More