Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground)

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia



Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Phone: (540) 999-3231

Sites: 119
Recent Rate: $19 4/2015

Latitude: 38.5174483285268
Longitude: -78.4398937225342

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

30 Reviews

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Metaphormidable

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of my favorite campgrounds. We spend a good deal of time on the AT in Shenandoah and this campground is such a nice respite. Here's what I like:

- It's lovely, on the side and top of a mountain and the sites are mostly in at least partial shade. It's also very quiet, and people are there to camp, not party.

- There's one of the best camp stores EVER on the way in. Blackberry milkshakes... Nuff said.

- The RVs are pretty well away from the rent campers. Good for everyone. The tenter aren't in the way of the RV folks, RVs don't have to worry as much about disturbing the tent people, generator noise, etc, and the tent campers don't have to be around all the big RVs. Win win.

- all the tent sites have a bear box, an even, flat tent pad area, grill and fire ring.

- there's secure trash areas within easy access, as well as bathhouse facilities an easy walk from every section

- the Rangers and staff here are helpful, professional and non obtrusive

It's so close to the trail, it's impossible to run out of breathtaking sights and fantastic hikes. It's truly a hiker and nature lovers paradise. You get people up here who are here to appreciate the natural beauty of the area, not a bunch of crazy locals looking for a party spot.

The last time we camped here we had some excitement. Keep in mind you are up on a mountain and the weather can change in a snap and get pretty crazy. Within seconds, we watched a cold dark fog roll in, then the temp dropped about 20 degrees and it proceeded to violently storm, resplendent with torrential downpours, loud thunder and frequent and impressive lightening. We huddled snug in our tent most of the night as it passed through. Pretty scary, but if you come up here remember that's what you might be signing up for.

Really beautiful campground. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

Tips for other Campers:

There are so many hikes and adventures it's hard to choose. If you want a fairly hardcore rock scramble go to Bearfence, if you love the rocks but don't want to scramble, go up Blackrock trail. The falls are a nice hike, and there's swimming holes in the area as well

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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USMCRET

Review Count: 28
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

What a wonderful experience. This campground and national park turned out to be exactly what we look for when we head out to the great outdoors. Places like this bring out the young Boy Scout in me from long ago. The majority of the campers this weekend were young, outdoorsy tent-campers who spent the majority of the day exploring and hiking the trails of the park. Some people may be content to spend the majority of their stay in the campground, attached to their RV umbilical, but we feel that doing so misses the whole purpose of this park. The campground was quiet, serene, peaceful, and occasionally roamed by wildlife. While there are no hookups, no cable, no over-the-air TV, and we never once missed them. There is so much to get out and explore, and we were able to only scratch the surface during our short weekend stay. As far as the sites themselves, our site (E196) was remarkably level, but unfortunately not all are. It appeared that the sites in loops G, H, and I were less level than others. I was impressed with the camp store and wayside, both within walking distance of the campground. The rangers and other workers in the park are very upbeat, friendly, and professional. What’s not to like? We cannot wait to go back! We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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cmpinva

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

If you can live without all the hookups this is a great place! We came here after bailing on our reservation at Jellystone in Luray. Plenty of shade and space for the kids. Multiple hikes with fantastic views and waterfalls nearby. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Buckie

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Such a beautiful area and decent, natural campground. By natural, there are no hookups, just trees, birds, deer, owls and other wildlife to observe. Our site in the E loop was very level. As mentioned previously, not all sites are level, but all appear to be huge and offer privacy if that is important to you. There is a big choice of trails along with camp store, wayside and visitors center. Staff was friendly and helpful. The park was full and quiet for opening weekend except for the two young people with the car doors opened playing the radio too loud. Everyone else was respectful. We enjoyed all this park had to offer. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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obxblond

Review Count: 104
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: November, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice campground. No hookups but generators are permitted during specific times. Lots of pull through sites nicely spaced. My site was level but I selected a poor location near the dumpster area. I'll know for next time. Pay showers $1 for 5 minutes available. Wood was $5 plus tax. Concession managed by vendor - not park staff. Plenty of hiking opportunities, wildlife viewing and good location on the Skyline drive. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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daysfan

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

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Wonderful campground. I can't wait to go back. The tent sites were in the middle of the woods and very well kept. The showers at the main office where clean and the walking trails on Skyline Drive were beautiful. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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idahojoat

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park. Has lots of trees, need to be creative to get a satellite signal. Nice to see the deer each morning and night. No cell service, but you can drive to the picnic area and get full Verizon service. Fresh water available and a dump station with rinse and fresh water fill up. We would come again. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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univmd

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent park in terms of size and levelness of site. Sites are all asphalt paved. Not all are level. But ours was this time. This is our second time here with motorhome. Discovered that there is free Wi-Fi in the lobby of the on site lodge hotel. Cafeteria food at visitor's center is walking distance, good, and affordable. Best online reservation system. Sites are shaded. No hookups, but nice to be in the actual park on top of the mountain. Rangers strictly enforce max # of campers which is 6 per site, 2 vehicles per site, and 2 tents per site. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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silvertube

Review Count: 37
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of several campgrounds along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. It's about 15 miles south of the Thornton Gap entrance to Skyline Drive. The camping area is large and attractive, with generator-free and tent-only sections. No hookups, but there is a free dump station about 1/2 mile away. You will see deer and other animals while you are there. This is bear country, so food left outside will be confiscated by the rangers. Cell phones do not work here, but will work at the nearby Big Meadows Lodge. There's also Wi-Fi at the Lodge. Showers are pretty far up the hill from the bulk of the camping sites, and require 4 quarters for 5 minutes. There's no warning before the time runs out, so keep a waterproof watch on, or bring extra quarters! On weekends the campground fills up and there are lots of smokey campfires. During the week in late September, it was pretty empty and quiet. RV sites are very reasonable for most rigs, but really large motorhomes (40 ft and longer) may have to be selective about the site they pick. Most sites will require some leveling. There is a gas station, cafe, visitor center, lodge, amphitheater, and store and at Big Meadows. No diesel fuel. Luray is the nearest town with services, about 50 minutes drive (approx 35 miles). Overall, Big Meadows is a great spot from which to explore Shenandoah National Park. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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askrvers

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

We camped here in a 30 foot RV with tow vehicle. No hookups at all. Recommend you disconnect if entering at Thornton Gap and heading to Big Meadows. If towing it's a very steep and windy, up hill route. Pay showers are $1.00 for 5 minutes, very clean. Very quiet, with cooler weather then down in valley. Cannot bring firewood in, must purchase it here. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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florida08

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

We have camped at Big Meadows many times. As always this trip was as spectacular as the others. My overall review today is very similar to the others I’ve submitted: overall fantastic. Things normally remain the same here, which is one of the major reasons we keep coming back. But, this visit marked a huge change in campground policy. In a pleasant surprise to us the park has instituted a "Generator Free Zone". This now means that Loops "A", "B" and the walk-in tent sites are areas where the operations of generators are prohibited. We, and now it appears many others must have lobbied for this change. No longer do campers who enjoy peace and quite need to tolerate noisy generators in adjacent sites. We are so glad to see that park officials actually listen to the requests of its visitors. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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univmd

Review Count: 97
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The site we were on was very unlevel H211, which is the main reason for the rating. Most of the sites at this campground are too unlevel for big rigs with auto levelers. Our pull-through site had such a tight turn and a huge tree trunk, so we had to back into it instead. If site was even, I would rate this campsite a 9. Dump station and fresh water fill available. Huge pull-through sites and paved pads. Too bad they're not level. Generator hours 8AM-10AM, 4PM-7PM. Cool enough, so no need for AC. There was not enough space for our awning to go out because of the tree trunks, but enough space for slideouts. Camp host used a golf cart to lead us to our site: nice service. Very beautiful campground with many trees and deer. I will return, but will try a different campsite. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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VToncologyNurse

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Big Meadows is the flagship operation for Shenandoah National Park, and it merits repeated visits. It has the best set of ranger and wildlife programs in this region. The climate is good at 3600 ft elevation. There are a wide variety of sites depending on loop. Our family customarily likes to use Big Meadows as the last night or two of an extended trip as it's not far from our home. There's little to no leveling or site preparation to be done and lots of facilities and events to entertain the kids; it makes for a nice low-key diversion to end a journey. If coming in October, I'd advise a midweek trip to avoid the tourist traffic pouring out of Washington, DC. Even then, Monday through Thursday are nice and quiet. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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JarrettM

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fantastic NPS campground, and a remarkable escape just 2 hours outside of the Washington, D.C. metro area. Usually quiet, mostly wooded with large, roomy sites. Many super fantastic walk-in tent sites as well, which we've used many times over the years. Now that we're in a trailer, I do wish they had a few full hookup or at least electricity sites available. But the tradeoff is worth it. Many great day hikes within a short drive, ranger activities, etc. Big Meadows is larger, more popular and usually more crowded than the slightly-more-remote Loft Mountain, but both are great. If staying for a longer period in the park, recommend splitting time between here and Loft Mountain. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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gsnakehill

Review Count: 316
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is in the middle of the Skyline Drive with a visitor center,amphitheater, laundry, trails, showers, ranger talks and walks. It is a nice campground with the Appalachian Trail just steps away. Plenty of deer walking throughout the campground and some beer sightings as well. Visitor Center had a few films to watch, exhibits and a big meadow to lookout on and explore. At night the lights from the towns in the valley glisten down below. Nice campground! The Virgina Piedmont is to the east and the Shenandoah Valley to the west. If you haven’t driven the Skyline Drive or camped here you definitely should. When the days are sunny and clear like it was the views are outstanding and there are so many hikes one can choose. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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