Location

Just south of Front Royal, VA, and adjacent to the Shenandoah National Park, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is a 3,200 acre research and training facility.  Except for scheduled special events (like the Autumn Conservation Festival), training courses (like those in the SMSC), and special programs, the facility is not open to the public.

Approximate Driving Times:

Reagan National Airport (DCA) – 1 1/2 hours

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 1 hour


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From Washington D.C. to Front Royal (approx. 70 miles west):

  • Take I-495 (Washington Beltway) or other approach to I-66 West.
  •  Follow I-66 West for approximately 62 miles.
  •  Take Exit 13 toward Virginia 79/VA-55/Linden/Front Royal.
  •  Turn left onto VA-79, S/Apple Mountain Rd.
  •  Turn right onto VA-55 W/John Marshall Hwy.
  •  Turn left onto US-522 S/Remount Rd (Shell Gas Station & KFC)
  •  Go 1.9 miles and enter Gate #2.
  •  Drive to the top of the hill—the Smithsonian Tower with yellow and blue sun will be on your right.
  •  Make a right after the Smithsonian tower—parking is on the right.
  •  If you arrive after hours, dial #90 at the phone at Gate #2 for access.

 

From Fairfax, VA:

  • Take VA-286 North to I-66 West.
  •  Take the I-66W ramp to Front Royal.
  •  Take Exit 13 toward Virginia 79/VA-55/Linden/Front Royal.
  •  Turn left onto VA-79, S/Apple Mountain Rd.
  •  Turn right onto VA-55 W/John Marshall Hwy.
  •  Turn left onto US-522 S/Remount Rd (Shell Gas Station & KFC)
  •  Go 1.9 miles and enter Gate #2.
  •  Drive to the top of the hill—the Smithsonian Tower with yellow and blue sun will be on your right.
  •  Make a right after the Smithsonian tower—parking is on the right.
  •  If you arrive after hours, dial #90 at the phone at Gate #2 for access.

 

From Dulles Airport:

  •  Head east on Saarinen Circle to Dulles Access Road. (.8 miles)
  •  Take Exit 9A toward Washington/Virginia 28/Virginia 267/ U.S. 50/U.S.7/Sterling/Centreville/Interstate 495.
  •  Keep left at the fork to continue toward Virginia 28 S/Sully Rd.
  •  Keep right at the fork to continue toward Virginia 28S/Sully Rd.
  •  Merge onto Virginia 28S/Sully Rd.
  •  Take the I-66W ramp to Front Royal.
  •  Take Exit 13 toward Virginia 79/VA-55/Linden/Front Royal.
  •  Turn left onto VA-79, S/Apple Mountain Rd.
  •  Turn right onto VA-55 W/John Marshall Hwy.
  •  Turn left onto US-522 S/Remount Rd (Shell Gas Station & KFC)
  •  Go 1.9 miles and enter Gate #2.
  •  Drive to the top of the hill—the Smithsonian Tower with yellow and blue sun will be on your right.
  •  Make a right after the Smithsonian tower—parking is on the right.
  •  If you arrive after hours, dial #90 at the phone at Gate #2 for access