Shenandoah River State Park
Bentonville, VA
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Brief Description:

The Raymond R. Andy Guest Jr. Shenandoah River State Park is one of Virginia's newest state parks. Located just down stream from Bentonville, the park boasts over five miles of frontage on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. These waters eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. The park consists of pastures, forests and vistas of the mountains and the river.

Wildlife you are likely to see during your visit may include black bears, wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, beavers and skunks just to name a few. In addition, there are many types of birds, insects, snakes, trees and plants. April and May are good times to look at the wildflowers and catch part of the spring bird migration. This is also a good time to fish for smallmouth bass and channel catfish in the river. These species are two of the most sought after fish in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

During the summer months, the park hosts many interpretive programs that promote conservation of the river and create an awareness of how important it is to protect the river and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Location / Directions:

The park is in Warren County, eight miles south of Front Royal and 15 miles north of Luray. It's off Rt. 340 in Bentonville.

  • From Northern Virginia, take I-66 West to exit 13 (Linden). Turn left off the ramp. Go one block to a stoplight where you'll take a right onto Rt. 55 West. At the third stoplight, turn left onto 340 South. Drive eight miles; the park's entrance is on the right.
  • From I-81 South, take exit 300 onto I-66 East. From I-66, take exit 6. Turn right off the ramp onto 340 South. Follow 340 South through Front Royal, then drive eight miles to the park's entrance on the right.
  • From I-81 North, take exit 264 to New Market and Luray. Turn right off the ramp. Turn left at the second stoplight, go one block to another stoplight and turn right onto 211 East. Stay on this highway for 15 miles, where you'll take a right exit onto 340 North. Drive about 12 miles to the park's entrance on the left.
Physical Address: Shenandoah River State Park
350 Daughter of Stars Drive
Bentonville, VA 22610
Mailing Address: Shenandoah River State Park
P.O. Box 235
Bentonville, VA 22610
Phone: (540) 622-6840
Activities: Fishing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, camping, wildlife observation, interpretive programs, access to the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

Biking Birding and Wildlife Viewing Camping Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Picnicking

Operating Hours: The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. to dusk.
Fees: Parking fees: $3 weekdays, $4 weekends
Camping fees: $18 per night
Pets: $3 per night
Visitor Facilities: Cartop canoe launch, access sites to the river, nine primitive campsites with a bathhouse, four picnic shelters, horseback riding concession.
Size: 1,604 acres

Although motorized vehicles are not permitted on park trails, electric wheelchairs and electric scooters that meet the federal definition for wheelchairs are allowed to enable people with disabilities to use the trails.

All picnic shelters are accessible via paved sidewalks. Day use restrooms are also accessible. Shelters feature wheelchair accessible picnic tables.

Unpaved paths leading to campsites, vault toilets and the bathhouse are covered with natural wood chips. Bathhouse toilets have handicapped rails, but vault toilets do not.


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