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How crowded is Shenandoah over July 4th weekend?

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How crowded is Shenandoah over July 4th weekend?

I'm looking for a couple day get away for the wife and myself on our way home from a week long stay in Hilton Head. Unfortunately it will be July 3 & 4. I have seen a couple threads on here stating there there has been miles long backups on weekends to enter the park. I assume that a holiday weekend would be the worst. With only one road in the park, is it worth planning a trip here, or save it for another time when we can go during the week?

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1. Re: How crowded is Shenandoah over July 4th weekend?

We went to Shenandoah NP for a day trip from Arlington last July 4th (2010). The wait in line to enter at Thornton Gap was minimal--5 minutes or so. We drove to Big Meadow Lodge and had lunch there and there was no wait for a table. We then hiked down to Rapidan Camp and had no problem finding a parking spot at the trailhead. I was absolutely amazed because I expected big crowds all day and it just never happened. However, if you plan to stay overnight in one of the lodges or campground, I would definitely arrange that far in advance.

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2. Re: How crowded is Shenandoah over July 4th weekend?

Thanks for the input. We would be staying a night or two - that is why I am starting the planning process now.

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3. Re: How crowded is Shenandoah over July 4th weekend?

Had the exact same experience last year. Agree with the need to book early if want to stay in park.

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