Camping and Campgrounds
Campers can choose from four campgrounds, each located in different locales of the park to suit your desires.
Elevation 2,920 feet
The hilly campground has first come, first served and reserved sites, most of which are shaded. There are some pull-through sites for camper rigs. During the week sites are almost always available. The higher elevation keeps it a good 10 degrees cooler than the Shenandoah Valley below.
Elevation 3,480 feet
Conveniently located near all the action at the greater Big Meadows activity complex, this highest campground has tent sites, pull through sites for pop-ups and campers, and walk-in tent sites in a generator-free zone. Showers are available, a camp store, too. The campground is a refreshing summer getaway yet close to conveniences offered at the nearby Big Meadows Lodge. Reservations and walk up campsites available.
Elevation 3,390 feet
This is the most centrally located of all Shenandoah’s campgrounds and the smallest. The 30-site locale offers first come, first served sites only, though hot showers can be had.
Elevation 3,320 feet
The only campground in the South District, this is also Shenandoah’s largest camp, and has a camp store and showers. The Appalachian Trail circles around the campground, highlighting the richness of hikes nearby. There are lots of pull-through sites for campers and RVs, but also walk-in tent sites. Certain sites can be reserved.
Cabins and Lodges
Two traditional national park lodges combined with historical cabins add up to good choices for those who want to overnight in the park without roughing it.
Elevation 3,680 feet
Visitors have been coming to Skyland since the late 1800s, when Shenandoah proponent George Pollack ran a lodge here. There are still preserved buildings from the old days, and Skyland offers little cabins and a variety of rooms overlooking the landscape often surprise first time lodgers. On-site dining adds to the experience.
Big Meadows Lodge
Elevation 3,610 feet
The main lodge was built in 1939, giving it a rustic flair. The Great Room of the lodge lives up to expectations. Nature lies just outside the big windows. Additional lodging and cabins have been added. The locale offers three levels of rooms. The small cabins are for solitude lovers. On site dining is available. The lodge’s location is ideal for exploring Shenandoah activities and sights near and distant.
Lewis Mountain Cabins
Elevation 3,390 feet
These rustic cabins from the 1930s deliver a backwoods touch to your Shenandoah experience. The 15 cabins are clustered near the Lewis Mountain campground. A camp store has supplies and showers for this secluded destination that allows easy access to the Appalachian Trail. It runs just behind the cabins. Other hiking opportunities are nearby. Bring your own cooler, as the cabins don’t have refrigerators.