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Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground)

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Big Meadows Access Road at Mile 51.3 Skyline Drive
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22835
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Sites: 119
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 38.52866
Longitude: -78.43881

Elevation: 3527' (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+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public 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 yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access no

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is adjacent to the Appalachian Trail. There are no hookups. We ran our inverter-generator during generator hours to recharge our batteries; there were numerous other generators running. We had a very long pull-through site H214. Only H215 is closer to the bathroom. The bathroom is marginally clean and old. Only one stall and one urinal in the men's room, so it can be a little busy during the morning rush. Bathroom had electricity for shaving, etc. This is dry camping as noted in the other reviews. The Big Meadows Lodge is nearby and we enjoyed the meadow across the road from the campground. This is one of the few places on Skyline Drive with gasoline AND it was moderately priced. Nice visitor center is well worth a visit. The hiking around here is tremendous. We didn't see much wildlife as mentioned in the other reviews. Never saw a bear during our 2-night stay. Mostly shady sites and lots of them. Some are better than others. We would recommend reservations. Note the other review with arrival comments about speed limit--totally agree with this comment. Verizon cell service was very limited. Rated an 8 because it is not as nice as a commercial campground and slightly older. Bathrooms could have been a little cleaner. We realize this is a Nat'l Park Campground and compared to others of the NPS it is very good, but it does lack electricity found in many other parks. The staff at the registration office was very friendly, courteous, and efficient. We would definitely camp here again. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
H214
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

So much hiking to accomplish, you will only spend a few minutes at your site.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in a motorhome so we did run our generator during the limited generator hours. Sites are mostly shaded. Our site was level, but some are not. It's hard to tell when booking on line. Loved hiking some of the Appalachian trail and the star gazing in the meadow! We saw lots of wildlife, mostly deer, but saw bears several times in the campground and outside of it. People should be very careful to keep food in the lockers or locked in their vehicles. You can be asked to leave the park if you don't abide by rules for food storage. Rangers were helpful and knowledgeable. When coming to the park, keep in mind that the speed limit on the Skyline Drive is 35mph and roads are narrow and winding. It will take longer to get to the campground than you might expect, so allow extra time. The campground is fairly dark, so setting up at night is no fun, especially if you are a tent camper. Make sure to bring any groceries you need with you. The camp store has limited basics. Don't forget flashlights with good batteries as you'll need them if you walk to the restroom at night or go to evening programs after dark. Lights are very limited. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large campground in Shenandoah National Park. Everything is dry camping. The campground is large, and when we were there in October, every site was filled. On the weekend, there were lots of people in every site. Sites were quite large and we were in a site near the edge of the campground, so we were kind of isolated from the hubbub of a large, crowded campground. There are showers (unusual for a NPS campground), probably because the Appalachian Trail goes practically through the campground, laundry, and a small camp store. There is a larger store and a restaurant a mile away, down by Skyline Drive. There's a dump station near the entrance that we didn't try. Cell service was marginal, but better than most other places along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking in the area is excellent. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A104
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Go hiking.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here in a 30' Travel Trailer. The park has no hookups, so we ran the generator each evening. There was good spacing between sites and even though the park was full, it was very quiet. You need to fill your water tank at the dump station which is before you get to the campground. The dump station has a single drain, so lines can get a bit lengthy if you checkout at a busy time. There were lots of opportunities for hiking here. We enjoyed several of the trails in the area. We had no cell phone service and no OTA tv. Our site was level, but some not so much. We enjoyed our stay here and will definitely be back. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E196
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Lots of trails for hiking, decent meals at the Wayside facility and good prices for gas. The visitor center gave us good info for hiking trails and provided free maps. Cell phone connectivity is good at the Skyland resort and various overlooks.

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

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice, quiet and clean park off Skyland Drive. Saw several deer wandering around campground. Buck was across from our campsite grazing on one morning. Bathrooms clean with hot/cold water and hand soap provided. Pay showers were clean and well maintained. Campground quiet in evening in spite of being full. Did have to level camper. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A102
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
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:

Big meadows area a great place for star viewing. Ate at Big meadows dining room, Wayside cafe, and New Market Taproom - all had good food and service. Several good hiking trails in area. Appalachian Trail runs by side of campground.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

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

Very nice park. Lots of different size lots. Dry camping. Right in the center of the Shenandoah National park. Lots of photo opportunities for sunsets and sunrises. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Do not remember
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Don't pass this one by Most recent stay was June 23rd thru June 26th 2017 We camp in a Little Rig "Tear Drop" style RV only 15' long w/o toilet or shower ~ plus we like to eat outdoors using the picnic table and set up our dining canopy for sun and weather protection and thus rely on condition of campgrounds facilities and being nearby our site ~ so our critique is focused in that area We had reservations [recommended] got close to the restroom with flush toilets, sinks with warm water but showers [private lockable rooms] were further away; the only one in camp at the entrance. They ran out of hot water every night due to full campground; bring extra quarters - in case you can't finish in allotted time. Each shower had bench and hooks for towel and clothes but no rubber mats to keep feet dry when toweling off. Modern cheery bright rooms with full tile walls and floors. Campsite B107 was a paved dry camp [no hookups] but potable water was close by. The sites are roomy, and private with wide grassy greenspaces between neighboring sites. Had nice shade trees all around to ward off summer heat, but still somewhat sunny Big Meadow is a great location for a base camp as you explore the park [its very large] to hike the many trails - including the Appalachian Trail which runs through it and be sure to visit the several visitors centers to gather more information of things to do. Don't miss driving Skyline Drive taking advantage of pulling off the side of the road at the many overlooks and don't miss the lodge. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B107
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, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

recommend reservations during summer camping season

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Top notch national park. Great campground. We 'dry camped' and only stayed one night. The hiking trails are great. The AT runs right through the park. Sky Line Drive is challenging for a big coach and a toad but certainly manageable. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

This national park campground has no hookups, but does have pay showers and a laundry facility which is very reasonably priced. We stayed in site A100 which was fairly level (many did not look level in the slightest) and we were able to get Directv from this site. Trees had very low branches, however, and when a storm came through in the middle of the night we had to actually leave the site early. These campgrounds really need to trim trees a little more often. There is a dump station down the road but we did not use it while camping here. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A100
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 89
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Not much to say except that if you want to get back to nature and the basics this is the place. No hook-ups , no Wi-Fi , no cable but plenty of peace and quiet. Very relaxing and refreshing from the daily hustle and bustle. Clean restrooms and showers. Some OTA television if you have a battery and inverter. Saw plenty of deer and bears and plenty of trails to hike. Sites are not very level and could use some gravel. Ours was a pull thru that was plenty long and wide. They do have a dump station about 1/2 mile from campground on the way out. Easy check in and out. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
G209
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Camp store and restaurants on way in that are well stocked.

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Review Count: 113
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 41

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We paid $20 per night booking online. There was not a transaction fee. The online reservation system works well. I had to change our reservation after booking and the site performed correctly and generated a prompt refund to my credit card minus a $10 change fee. Check-in at the campground was easy and the staff was pleasant. There are no hook-ups. We had zero signal from Verizon cell or Verizon Mifi. We could not access DirecTV even though most trees were still without their Spring leaves. If you had a remote dish and the time, I imagine you could probably find a sat signal. We did find a few OTA stations. There is Verizon cell coverage if you walk to the Amphitheater. The Byrd Visitor center has wifi but it's slow and sketchy. The hot tip for communication purposes is Skyland Resort. Skyland has a set up very similar to Starbucks - coffee bar, espresso drinks, pastries, snacks, sandwiches and very nice service. They have big chairs in front of a fireplace, comfy couches and a long high-top table with a strip of power outlets down the middle. Their wifi was pretty good. Sadly we did not have good weather for most of our stay and were not able to enjoy the outdoors as much as we had hoped. Be prepared for cold, wet and foggy conditions and for sudden weather changes. We saw many deer but no bears. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E190
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
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:

The camp store is well-stocked with a variety of items you might need including drug-store type items, food products and clothing. The Byrd Visitor Center is well-designed with interactive displays plus 3 different films. The film about the CCC was interesting. There is a ranger presentation (with props) at 1pm each day which is great for a rainy day.

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Review Count: 94
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:

We arrived mid-week during early season. told to drive through, find a site, put something or someone on it to hold it and come back to check-in to pay for it. Loops A&B do not permit generators, so we started with Loop C. I think A-E Loops are much newer than F-... as the site are much wider, and properly angled to the street for back in. Section F and on are pull-thous and seem to be placed a bit more hap hazardously. Our site had a picnic table which was chained to the ground so we couldn't move it which made us readjust our parking so we could have our stairs open out on to that section of the pad. There is also a fire ring with each site. Bathhouses have toilets and sinks and are throughout the park. Showers are located at the top of the hill near the main office and were $1.75 for a 5 minute shower (change machine just outside showers). Laundry was $1 each for washers and a quarter for 7 minutes in the dryer. Cell signal is very weak in the park and it's suggested you head towards the outdoor amphitheater to try to grab a signal from the towns in the valley. No hook ups and generator use is limited to 2 hrs in the morning and 3 at night. Tents have dedicated wooded areas with bear boxes as well as the option of taking an RV site. There is a dump station with potable water located between the turn off of Skyline Drive and the actual campground. Low season price is $17, peak season is $20. And 50% off for Senior Pass. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Truck Camper.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
C133
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

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: 168
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 42

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: 11
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

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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