8.8 Excellent
     
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground)

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia



Mile 51.3 Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835
Phone: (540) 999-3231

Sites: 119
Recent Rate: $20 10/2016

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Latitude: 38.517448328527
Longitude: -78.439893722534
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) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • 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 no
  • 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 yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre yes
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

36 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived in the dark, site was easy enough to find though. Site was just barely long enough for our 22ft trailer and extended cab regular bed truck. This site offered a bit of buffer from neighboring sites which was great. Bathrooms were clean. Nice location for accessing different areas of the park. One dump station for the whole CG, could be a hassle on busy weekends. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D156
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 167
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 31

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

I stayed here two midweek nights to hike some trails on the 100th birthday of the NPS (August 25). The campground was not full, but reservation tags on the site posts implied that the campground would be full over the weekend. The campground was very orderly and quiet. I had brought a small generator but, not hearing any other generators, went without. Site was shallow and dropped down sharply but I was able to level the trailer by lowering the tongue substantially. I saw no big rigs and think many sites wouldn't be large enough. Wildlife abounds here; saw 4 bears up close in 2 days, and too many nearby deer in the campground to count. There are no hookups, no wi-fi, and my Verizon phone had no service. Single dump station for the entire campground. The fee shown reflects the 50% discount for the federal senior pass. I'd stay here again when in the area. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A-78
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Hiking trails abound in the park; some prohibit pets, others allow them on a leash. Driving Skyline Drive is also enjoyable with many pullouts for views of the mountains and steep valleys. Speed limit is a leisurely 35 and there are zero passing zones, so allow time to get around.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

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

Typical National Park campground, lots of nature and space around the sites, but no hookups and few sites are long enough for big rigs. Roads are narrow, making it difficult to back in with a long trailer. No cell coverage in the campground. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C 123
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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Decent cell coverage with 4G available at the lodge, 5 minutes to walk.

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

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Site was about 25' from the Appalachian Trail. Space on the sites were fairly decent and though not very private, still felt private. Bathrooms had flushable toilets and were very clean (a nice surprise). Showers were in a different area and cost $ so bring your quarters (change machine is available). Great site, but would probably opt for one a little further down such as 180 for a better view. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
175
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hike and see bears! Excellent camp shops too.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Very large campground with every type of cabin imaginable, some built by the CCC or WPA. We stayed in a small RV and came to hike. No water, no electricity at sites, but dump and potable water available in the park. Great camp store with a (free) walk through, partially interactive, verbal & written narrative of the history of the area. Some hiking trails were easily accessible, others were a walk away ( but, hey, we were there to hike!). My only complaint is that they mix the tent campers with the RV'ers - and that is not a good combination, as the two camp very differently. I would return to this campground, but request to be put with other Rv'ers. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

There is a restaurant on the grounds, pricey, but the people really care about the food they put out. Here is the famous 'Mile High Blackberry Ice Cream Pie' (after hiking, I ate it all!).

Fuel (gas & I believe diesel ) is available on the grounds, near the main road. The employees in the camp stores are very pleasant, helpful and genuinely friendly. The specialty food goods in these stores are great ( i.e. the blackberry jelly...the fudge). Take time here...there is a lot to experience.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is pristine with unbelievable views. The wife and I had been here many years ago before kids, so we decided to go back this time with them. The evening nature programs are excellent and the rangers are very polite, educational, and helpful. There is no electricity, and we provisioned a supplemental solar panel on our rig which worked just fine. We left on our 4th day as planned and still had 65% charge left on our single group 24 battery. I wish more people had a clue, it smells and sounds like an LA freeway during mid-day as everyone fires up their gas guzzling generators. Fortunately, we spent our days hiking and exploring the bountiful plenty that Shenandoah has to offer. The wildlife was the highlight of the trip as deer and bear are easily seen. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
E189
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The Byrd Visitor Center is cool and a definite place to stop, it has a neat little museum documenting past generations of Appalachian life throughout the area.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

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.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Tent just above AT
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

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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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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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 8

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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Review Count: 109
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 14

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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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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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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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 27

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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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 2

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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