Campgrounds with Reservable Sites
Sites at each of the campgrounds below can be reserved through Recreation.gov as well as the site map on each campground's page.
Lewis Mountain Campground operates on a self-registration, first-come, first-served basis. Sites can not be reserved.
Reserving a Site
Reservations can be made through Recreation.gov as well as the site map on each campground's page. Check the map for each campground to see when specific sites are scheduled to be released. Reservable sites for Mathews Arm, Big Meadows, and Loft Mountain Campground will be released in sections.
6 months prior to the date of your arrival - 50% of reservable sites will be released
No reservations can be made for Loft Mountain Campground or Mathews Arm Campground 48 hours before your selected date. Reservations for Big Meadows Campground can be made online at anytime. No-shows who have more than one night reserved will be contacted by 1 p.m.; if they have not arrived, their reservations might be cancelled.
Changes to Big Meadows Campground
All sites at Big Meadows Campground are by reservation only. Rangers can make limited reservations on site, but availability is not guaranteed. It is recommended you make your reservation ahead of time on Recreation.gov.
Why Has the Reservation System Changed?
These changes have been made to improve your visitor experience! The demand for reservations has increased over the years. With this new reservation system, visitors will know they have a campsite before they arrive at the park, can check to see how full the campground is before starting their trip, and can pick out what site they want or know if the site they want is not available.
Tips for Choosing Your SiteWhen making your reservation, its important to choose the site that's right for you! Some sites are suited for tents only, while others will accommodate larger vehicles like RV's. Pay close attention to how each site is marked when making your reservation.
Rangers cannot alter your reservation. All changes need to be made by you on Recreation.gov and are dependent on availability.
Camping without a Reservation
Reservations are highly recommended, especially during the busy season. Here are some options if you haven't reserved a site but still want to camp in Shenandoah:
Car camping or "boondocking" with an RV or any other vehicles is prohibited in Shenandoah. RV and other overnight stays must be in one of our five campgrounds. When campgrounds are closed for the season, car and RV campers must seek campsites outside the park.
Last updated: February 8, 2024