Shenandoah National Park Camping

Camping in Shenandoah has long been a favorite activity.

1. Mathews Arm Campground

Open

Mid May - October

Details

Mathews Arm (mile 22.1) is the nearest campground for those entering the park from the north. It is next to a nature trail and the trail to Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park. Elkwallow Wayside, with camping supplies and food service, is two miles away. (179 sites). $15 per night. Generator-free and group sites are available.

2. Big Meadows Campground

Open

Late March - November

Reservations

Online or by Phone at 877-444-6777

Details

Big Meadows (mile 51.2), though secluded, is near many of the major facilities and popular hiking trails in the park. Three waterfalls are within walking distance; the Meadow, with its abundant plant growth and wildlife, lies directly across the Drive. Reservations are required mid-May through November; call 877-444-6777. Reservations may be made 5 months in advance. $20 per night when on the reservation system and $17 per night during late spring and early fall. Generator-free and group sites are available.

3. Lewis Mountain Campground

Open

Mid- April - October

Details

Lewis Mountain (mile 57.5), the smallest campground in the park, appeals to those who want a little more privacy without venturing deep into the backcountry. Yet it is within seven miles of the popular Big Meadows area. (31 sites).. $15 per night, first-come, first-served only.

4. Loft Mountain Campground

Open

Mid-May through October

Details

Loft Mountain (mile 79.5), the largest campground in the park, sits atop Big Flat Mountain with outstanding views to east and west. Two waterfalls and the trails into the Big Run Wilderness area are nearby. $15 per night. Generator-free and group sites are available.

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