• Visitors bask in a golden sunset at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park

    Shenandoah

    National Park Virginia

Camping

Campsites amidst the green forest in Shenandoah's popular Big Meadows Campground.
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Campsite at Big Meadows Campground.

NPS/Alan Williams

Campgrounds

There are four campgrounds in Shenandoah National Park.

Mathews Arm (mile 22.1)
Big Meadows (mile 51.2)
Lewis Mountain (mile 57.5)
Loft Mountain (mile 79.5)

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A backcountry camper sets up her campsite.

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Backcountry Camping

Most of Shenandoah National Park, including its wilderness, is open to backcountry camping.

A free permit is required for backcountry camping.

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Did You Know?

Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover sitting on the porch of the Brown House at Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park.

In 1928, wanting to escape the heat and humidity of summers in Washington, D.C., Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover began looking for a "summer place" within a day's drive of the city. The Hoovers acquired land within the proposed Shenandoah National Park and built Rapidan Camp, their summer White House.