Place

Rapidan Camp Trailhead

An historic wood cabin with a large porch sits in the middle of a forest.

Quick Facts

A hike, featuring three stream crossings, to the rustic getaway of President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. Today, this restful spot features exhibits on the First Couple and their perspectives. Pets must be on a physical leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.


Distance: 4-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Moderate (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Elevation Gain: 870 feet


Hike Description 

  1. From the Milam Gap Parking Area (mile 52.8), cross Skyline Drive and take the Appalachian Trail a few feet to the trailpost.
  2. Go left onto the blue-blazed Mill Prong Trail.
  3. At the second stream crossing, stay right on the yellow-blazed Mill Prong Horse Trail and follow it downhill to the camp.
  4. Return by the same route.

Shenandoah National Park

Last updated: May 13, 2021