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Shenandoah National Park Campgrounds
September, 2007

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Since I was going to be in the area for two months before heading back south down the Blue Ridge Parkway, I opted for full hookup rv parks. See links to the left for the Charlottesville area private campgrounds I stayed at (Misty Mountain and Waynesboro North 340). I enjoyed many trips up and down Skyline Drive, though, so pics and info gathered are shared below starting with campgrounds in order when driving north (Milepost 1) to south (Milepost 105)

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The above NPS link also provides links to pdf pages of the individual campgrounds' site maps.

Reservations can be made for sites at Big Meadows, Loft Mountain and Mathews Arm campgrounds online at Recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777. Most sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campgrounds are open late May through October. Rates quoted below are 1/2 off for Golden Age Passport holders.

Could not get Verizon cell phone or air card internet at any campground I tried.

Mathews Arm Campground
Location Milepost 22.1
Number of sites 178; picnic tables and fire pits; all pullthroughs are on A loop that doesn't allow generators
Generators None allowed in sites A23-A60; otherwise allowed 8-10 am and 4-7 pm
Campground Facilities Flush toilets, drinking water, pay phones, dump station; no showers. Elkwallow Wayside with camping supplies and food service is 2 miles away.
Rate $15/night
Sites #A36 & A38 on left (empty); campground host in A40. Sites on the right are the only pull-throughs. I don't understand why they chose this part of the park to ban generators from when it seems the best for the bigger RVs.
Big Meadows Campground
Location Milepost 51.2
Number of sites 210 with picnic tables and fire pits; many sites are suitable only for tents
Generators None allowed in bottom A Loop or B loop; otherwise allowed 8-10 am and 4-7 pm
Campground Facilities Flush toilets, drinking water, pay phones, dump station; laundry; showers. Byrd Visitor Center with store and restaurant less than a mile.
Rate $20/night when reserved; $17/night late spring & eary fall.
Misc. Busiest and most popular campground; 3 waterfalls within walking distance
According to the ranger and the nice folks in this site, this is the best of the bunch: E-180. It's a massive, level pull-through on the outer bluff with views of the valley when you can see through the trees. Other recommended sites are G-210 (another large pullthrough but in the interior part) and E-190, a very level back-in. Deer were frequently seen throughout in the middle of the day and I was also told bears come around, too, so food storage is an important issue here.
Lewis Mountain Campground
Location Milepost 57.5
Number of sites 31; picnic tables and fire pits;
Generators Allowed 8-10 am and 4-7 pm
Campground Facilities Flush toilets, drinking water, pay phones, dump station; store, laundry, showers up by the nearby cabins you pass as you're entering the campground.
Rate $15 - no reservations accepted
Misc. Smallest campground; only 6 miles from Big Meadows
According to the camp host, the sites on the far side of the campground as you make the loop are best for bigger rigs. There are two pull-throughs on this side, also (#20 & #21). Seen here are back-in sites #28-31.
Loft Mountain Campground
Location Milepost 79.5
Number of sites 175; picnic tables and fire pits;
Generators None allowed in Loops F or G; otherwise allowed 8-10 am and 4-7 pm
Campground Facilities Flush toilets, drinking water, pay phones, dump station; store; showers; amphitheater
Rate $15
Misc. Largest campground; atop Big Flat Mountain
This is the only campground I stayed at - when mom was with me and we had just come off the Blue Ridge Parkway and ended up on Skyline Drive by mistake. This was a lucky accident because we really enjoyed our night here - very quiet and lush with greenery. It's the closest campground to the south entrance - about 25 miles. This site #A-19 is a large pull-through with more distance from the road.
And this is the yard - beautiful and very secluded feeling.
I have many more pics of these campgrounds. If you're interested in seeing more before you stay here, please feel free to contact me at Malia@MaliasMiles.com.
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