Campgrounds

A campsite in Shenandoah's popular Big Meadows Campground.

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We begin opening campgrounds in spring, usually late March with Big Meadows opening first followed by Lewis Mountain in April and Loft, Mathews Arm, and Dundo Group in May.

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In early spring, Big Meadows, Mathews Arm, and Loft operate on a first-come, first-served basis only. They switch to a combination of reserve-able sites and first-come, first-served sites in early May. Reservations are highly recommended on weekends and holidays. Some first-come, first-served may be available. Lewis Mountain is first-come, first served only. Reservations may be made up to six months ahead.

Online Reservations: www.Recreation.gov

Phone Reservations: 877-444-6777

Note: Holders of Interagency Senior/Access passes and Golden Age/Access passess are eligible for a 50% discount on their camping fee. Please be prepared to present your pass along with a photo ID. When reserving through www.recreation.gov pass information must be provided at the time the reservation is made to receive a discount.

RV Information

Although Shenandoah National Park doesn't have a campground that is just for RVs, it does have three campgrounds that will accommodate large RVs. Mathews Arm, Big Meadows and Loft Mountain campgrounds all have pull-through and deep back-in sites which most of the time can even handle an RV with a tow vehicle. Although we do not offer hookups, the campgrounds do have potable water and all but Lewis have dump stations.


 
Mathews Arm Campground
Mathews Arm Campground is closed and will remain closed until September 1, 2017 for a scheduled major rehabilitation construction project of the sewage and water systems. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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Details
Mathews Arm (mile 22.1) is the nearest campground for those entering the park from the north. It is next to a nature trail and the trail to Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park. Elkwallow Wayside, with camping supplies and food service, is two miles away. $15 per night. Group sites are available and can be reserved up to one year in advance. Generators are prohibited at all campsites.


Big Meadows Campground
NOTE: Beginning on or about July 10, 2017, there will be construction on the water lines throughout Big Meadows Campground. Some sites will be impacted by this project.Campers can expect construction noises from equipment such as mini excavators and dump trucks from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The project may require that we temporarily close some of the reserved sites and move campers to available first-come, first-served sites. If we determine your reserved site will be affected we will make every attempt to notify you as soon as possible. This project is expected to be completed by September 1, 2017. We apologize for this inconvenience. If you have questions please call 540-999-3500 ext. 3747.

Opening and closing dates vary from year to year and are subject to change at any time.

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Download regulations and campground map (PDF, 1.2 mb)

Details
Big Meadows (mile 51.2), though secluded, is near many of the major facilities and popular hiking trails in the park. Three waterfalls are within walking distance; the Meadow, with its abundant plant growth and wildlife, close by. $20 per night when on the reservation system and $17 per night during late spring and early fall. Group sites are available and can be reserved up to one year in advance. Generators are prohibited at all campsites.


Lewis Mountain Campground

Opening and closing dates vary from year to year and are subject to change at any time.

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Details
Lewis Mountain (mile 57.5), the smallest campground in the park, appeals to those who want a little more privacy without venturing deep into the backcountry, yet it is within seven miles of the popular Big Meadows area. 31 sites; $15 per night, first-come, first-served only.

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Loft Mountain Campground
Opening and closing dates vary from year to year and are subject to change at any time.
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Details
Loft Mountain (mile 79.5), the largest campground in the park, sits atop Big Flat Mountain with outstanding views to east and west. Two waterfalls and the trails into the Big Run Wilderness area are nearby. $15 per night. Group sites are available and can be reserved up to one year in advance. Generators are prohibited at all campsites.

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Dundo Group Campground
Opening and closing dates vary from year to year and are subject to change at any time.
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Download regulations and campground map (PDF, 187 kb)

Details
Dundo Group Campground has three sites for groups of 7 to 20 people. Reservations are accepted or you can inquire on a night-by-night bases at Loft Mountain Campground (mile 79.5). Generators and RVs are prohibited.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park
3655 U.S. Highway 211 East

Luray, VA 22835

Phone:

(540) 999-3500

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