Rapidan Camp

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The National Park Service protects some of America's most special places including the homes and birthplaces of many of our presidents. Among them is the summer retreat of President Herbert Hoover, Rapidan Camp, in Shenandoah National Park.

From tiny log cabins to palatial coastal mansions, the homes of our presidents reflect their lives and times. You can get a glimpse into these homes, and better yet, plan a trip. Visit the National Park Service American Presidents Travel Intinerary website. For an introduction to President Hoover's home in Shenandoah National Park visit the Rapidan Camp page of the website.

A ranger shows visitors historical images as they tour Rapidan Camp.

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Explore Rapidan Camp!

The ability to make camping and Rapidan Tour reservations on Recreation.gov will be temporarily unavailable from October 1 to October 5, 2018. The ability to log-in to your profile, make, change or cancel reservations will be frozen during this time. The ability to log-in to your profile and make a reservation will resume on October 5 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Previously made reservations will be honored and first-come, first-served camping sites will be available as usual. Visitors who wish to take the tour to Rapidan Camp can check at Byrd Visitor Center for availability. This outage does not affect lodging reservations which can be made at GoShenandoah.com.

Shenandoah National Park offers a 2.5 hour ranger-guided tour of the Hoovers' presidential getaway late spring through fall. Visit the Ranger programs page for dates. Reservations are required and can be made online at Recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777 (10:00 am to midnight EST.) Request the "Special Tours" category and specify Rapidan Camp. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.

The camp features the president's cabin, The Brown House, which has been historically refurnished to its 1929 appearance.

A recently completed exhibit, located in the historic Prime Minister's Cabin, offers visitors insight into the Hoovers' lives and their time at Rapidan Camp, as well as Herbert C. Hoover's Depression-Era presidency.

For an in-depth look at President Hoover, his presidency, and his special connection to Shenandoah try our multimedia interactive: Herbert Hoover and a Retreat Fit for a President

Last updated: September 25, 2018

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