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Dickey Ridge Visitor Center

Shenandoah National Park, VA
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Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
Description: Get information here about the things to see and do in Shenandoah.
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Centreville, Virginia
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258 reviews 258 reviews
187 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

At mile marker five on Skyline Drive after entering the park at the Front Royal North Entrance Station is the Dickey Ridge Visitors Center. Make this your first stop because the rangers there are knowledgeable, personable and engaging and can help you to optimally plan your visit. Here at the center is a calendar of events that changes daily ,a... More

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River Forest, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Dickey Ridge is the first national Park Service Visitor Center as you enter the Shenandoah National Park from the north. Definitely take the time to stop here on your way along the Skyline Drive into the Park. The Rangers are very informative and helpful. Also, check out the Critter Sightings log to find out were wildlife has been most recently... More

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Athens, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Very nice staff, my granddaughter and grandson received their Junior Ranger Badges for the park; they were so happy for them. It was truly amazing how delightful the Visitor Center was; we purchased quite a bit and were helped extensively when we needed it.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Nice place to stop and get some gifts, see some views, and use the restrooms. Bathrooms were clean enough. Wish they had refreshments, even a vending machine for water. Otherwise a great place to stop and stretch and enjoy views!

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Florida
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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This visitor center was in a nice location. Clean restrooms. There was a nice view outside. You could sit out there and relax. The rangers in the visitor center were very helpful and nice. You can also sign your little ones up to be Junior Rangers. My daughter did that in the past and really enjoyed it.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

A great place to start on the Skyline Trail in Shenandoah National Park. Be sure to watch the 10 minute video - started upon request. Nice gift shop without outrageous prices. Park Ranger available for more information. Get your National Park Passport stamp here. Stop at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows area for a taste and history of the park.

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Great Falls, Virginia
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172 reviews 172 reviews
70 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

There is nothing wrong with this visitor center. Indeed, the view is excellent. But Big Meadows Visitor Center is far better for giving one the history of the Shenandoah National Park. Of course, if you are driving Skyline Drive, do both visitor centers

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Herndon, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Dickey Ridge is probably the first visitor center most people come to in the park, and it makes a pretty good first impression. It has an awesome overlook of the Shenandoah Valley. The visitor center itself is pretty small, but they do have a few exhibits about the wildlife you're likely to see. They make up for the small visitor... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This visitor center is a nice facility with a great porch and rocking chairs for looking out on the big meadow, but the real value of this visitor center is the opportunity to connect with a park ranger. The rangers are knowledgeable about everything you can imagine...which hike you would enjoy most, the weather forecast, where to see wildlife, etc.... More

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Front Royal, Virginia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
28 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The rangers and staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and we were able to do the backpack program for the kids, which was wonderful. Best $5 I've spent in a long time. I also liked telling my grandchildren and daughter the stories told to me by my parents about how when they were teens and young adults they would go... More

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