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Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground)

Elkton, Virginia


22591 Spotswood Trl
Elkton, Virginia 22827
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Sites: 202
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.25153
Longitude: -78.66704

Elevation: 3211' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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34 Reviews

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

National Park Campground made for smaller RVs. We had a 31' 5th wheel and didn't have any problems finding a good spot. We arrived on Sunday afternoon after everyone else headed home. The great thing about NP campsites is that you are located in the park and don't have to waste time driving to hiking trailheads. We surprisingly got 75 OTA channels so had choices of all of the major networks. The cell service (Sprint) was almost non existent. Generator hours didn't start till 8:00 AM. After October 15th, the hours were 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM instead of 7:00 PM We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A73
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great hikes can be completed starting from your campsite. Watch out for ticks as our dog had many after our hikes. Please remember that the maximum speed on the Skyline Drive is 35 MPH, therefore staying in the park is much more desirable.

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Only two of seven loops are reservable, most are first-come, first-served. At 3PM on Friday, there were a lot of people coming in for the weekend. On Saturday, a few sites were still available, but this was after labor day and before the fall crowds. Sites have short looped driveways, smallish for larger RVs. I don't think any site except for the host sites have electric or water. Bathrooms are well distributed, but showers are only located at the camp store building outside the campground entrance. Showers are coin (quarters) operated. $1.75 for "5.25 minutes". (I guess that sounds better than 5 min and 15 seconds). The next campground up Skyline Drive is Lewis Mtn where showers are only $1 for 5 min. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D115
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

No power or electricity on sites. Disappointed in the "pay" showers. They had 3 pay showers of which only 1 was working. The other two were in disrepair. The cost was $1.75 for a little over 5 minutes. I was camping in a hammock riding a motorcycle. Campground has added a bear box since my last stay approx 2 years ago for those that are unable to secure their food which is an added benefit. Office was closed when I arrived and closed when I left although after hours instructions were very good. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
G184
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Places to eat are very sparse. Need to bring your own food or eat at Wayside located just outside of campground prior to closing at 7pm.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Typical National Park campground, lots of nature, very quiet, spacious sites with fire rings and picnic tables. Most sites are not level, and very few are long enough for larger rigs. Campground roads are narrow, which makes backing in difficult, even if the site is long enough. No cell coverage. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F 139
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground. I always see black bears at Loft Mountain. The NPS staff can be hateful and rude at times. Camp store is awesome. Weekends are full of folks from Northern VA who evidently have no concept of controlling their children. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Another wonderful campground in a beautiful national park! Much has been written already about this campground, so my comments will focus on our particular campsite, which was E118. This campsite was the only reservable big-rig capable site available when I made our reservations. We discovered why when we got there (I wish I had read more of the reviews, as the issues with this site are covered by at least one other reviewer). To cut to the chase, there isn't a level spot anywhere on this site. It's not just a little out of level, but a lot! I used every 2X10, every Lynx leveler, and every inch of travel of the hydraulic jacks we had to level up our 40ft motorhome, but I still could not get it level front to back. The bottom edge of our front bumper was at least 2.5 ft off the deck. The last step out of the motorhome was a doozy! I wish I could post a photo here because our motorhome looks like a 737 rotating for takeoff. I was able to get it level enough that it wasn't uncomfortable, and we were only going to be there two nights, so we stayed. Otherwise, I would have moved somewhere else, even if it meant leaving the campground altogether. In my opinion, E118 is not a suitable campsite for a tent or a large TT or MH, and Recreation.gov should not list this particular site as big-rig friendly . Perhaps a pop-up or a small TT would work better. Regardless, I still give the campground a very high rating because it is such a wonderful place overall. We will be back again, again, and again. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Very beautiful. So nice to be where there is little commercialism. Good space between sights. Saw a bear. Had a view of the valley. Well stocked camp store within a half mile. Easy to walk. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is an excellent park, well-maintained and peaceful. The sites all have paved parking areas and grassy spots for tables, tents, fires, etc. The showers are a long walk or a short drive and are $1 for 5 minutes (which felt more like 3 minutes) but the cost of getting water up the mountain and dealing with waste water is expensive. The dumpsters were emptied regularly, and the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. We were there over Columbus Day weekend and the weather was perfect; the campground was full both Friday and Saturday nights, so book early for busy weekends. The only point lost is for our particular site (E118); it was spacious but the most unlevel site we have ever dealt with. It sloped both side-to-side and downward; we did not have enough leveling blocks to make it level and we carry PLENTY of blocks. It was just a function of the location of our site; other sites looked fine. Overall a great campground; we will go back. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

We enjoyed this park for just a one night stay while passing through on our way home. The park is nice and well kept but is very busy. The sites feel isolated, but the crowd noise reminds you that it is not. I caution people on the "pull thru" sites. We had problems in a site in the B loop getting in (and out) in our 24' motor home. I would call ahead if you are in a big rig and reserve a spot that way. We ended up in E94- Nice spot and close to a bath house for restroom facilities. Generator hours are limited, so keep that in mind if you have a medical need that would require longer use. Over all it is a nice park and we would stay here again. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

The pull throughs are paved and are adequate for a 30' TT and tow vehicle. It was very easy to level both side to side and front to back. It was hot when we arrived but there was a nice breeze all night with cool temps. It was buggy sitting outside so take the insect repellent. The only place for potable water is at the dump station. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Very well kept campground with very good privacy. There are numerous pull throughs to make parking your RV easy. The drive to the campground is on Skyline Drive and is very scenic. With the Appalachian Trail next to the park, there is plenty of hiking opportunities. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 270
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 38

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great park for dry camping, big rig friendly a lot of pull throughs and spaced out for privacy. The only drawback might be the showers are a drive if you need them, other than that we will be back. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Very well kept campground with very good privacy. The rangers are very personable yet professional. The drive to campground is on Skyline Drive and is very scenic. With the Appalachian Trail next to the park, there is plenty of hiking opportunities. The only downside is that the showers are located a significant distance from the campground sites and cost $1 for 5 minutes. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Love, love, LOVE this part of the park! We tent camped, many times. Best area of the park. The bathrooms are clean. Coin-op showers. Beautiful views! Easy access to the Appalachian trail. Some tent sites are downhill. Plenty to choose from. You can even check out the sites before you choose. Super awesome bear-proof boxes make it convenient to store food. Camp store is fully stocked, except for feminine products. But they sell beer and wine! A++ all the way. The only downside was some Park Ranger gave my husband a hard time entering the park. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $7.00
Overall Rating:

Price reflects Federal Handicap Access Pass rate of $7.50 per night (50% off). We camped here for 12 nights and really enjoyed it. However, most sites are very un-level and are backwards (your awning will be on the wrong side unless you drive the wrong way in like we did). Lots of wildlife to see in the camp... deer, birds, snakes, bears, wolves, etc. Bath houses are small but adequate; showers are at the camp store and cost $1 for 5 minutes. Laundromat is available and very inexpensive to use. Church services are held each Sunday morning at 9:30 in the amphitheater. Cell service is spotty at best; TV reception was good with just an antenna. It is 20 miles to town, 41 miles to a Walmart so come prepared. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to come. We camped at Loft Mountain Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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