About The Park
The Park gates are only closed if the park has reached capacity and staff are turning people away. When that happens, it usually re-opens by 4:30 PM. The Park office is generally open 8:30 to 4:30 with longer hours on Friday and Saturday. If you arrive when the office is closed, fill out a self-registration form at the office.
The best times to visit in the summer are early and late. If you are hiking in hot weather, take fluids with you; I did a long hike at 110 degrees at the Park, and needed 1 quart of fluids every 30 minutes to stay hydrated!
There are soft drinks and bottled water vending machines on the back deck of the Park Office, but otherwise no food or ice is available. The park is often short of water, so don't unnecessarily tax their resources. There is a small store 7 miles south of the park towards Fredericksburg.