Another of the country’s national parks is switching to a ticketing system for entry. Known for featuring steep rock scrambles and incredible 360 views. The Shenandoah National Park will implement a ticket system for the area’s popular Old Rag Mountain trails.
Map of Affected Area
Like many of the nation’s parks, Shenandoah National Park has seen a large influx in visitors in the past few years. And in an effort to ease the strain on parks systems and help regrow vital vegetation, the park is introducing a one year pilot ticketing program. Starting March 1st 2022 (through November) visitors will be required to purchase a ticket from Recreation.gov. Tickets will not be available at the Old Rag trailhead, fee station, or from rangers on site. They are not the first national park to start requiring tickets/permits for more popular trails. Arches National Park has just started a pilot timed entry system and Zion National Park has switched to a permit system for its famous Angels Landing trail starting in 2022.
Below is a complete overview of the Shenandoah National Park Old Rag Ticketing. Including pricing, links, key affected trails, video, and map with complete affected area requiring tickets.
Shenandoah National Park – Old Rag Mountain – Ticket Info & Faqs
Ticket Link: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/10088450
National Park Official Site Info: https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/faqs-oldrag.htm
When: March 1st – November 31st 2022
Effected Trails Include:
Ridge Access Trail
Total Tickets Per Day: There will be 800 total tickets issued each day. 400 will be released 30 days before the date, and another 400 will be released 5 days before the date.
Parking: Tickets do not guarantee parking. This is important as they lots are known to fill up early.
Old Rag Ticked Area Map
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