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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground)

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia


Mathews Arm Rd.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 22650
Phone: (540) 999-3132

Sites: 166
Recent Rate: $15 10/2016

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Latitude: 38.759658871228
Longitude: -78.297362665466
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 no
  • $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 ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • 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 yes
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
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • 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) yes
  • 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 yes
  • 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

10 Reviews

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

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

We decided to spend an extra night on our trip and moved here from Big Meadows which was already full - turned out to be well worth it. Not sure why but this campground was nearly empty and we ended up with a fantastic site. Bathrooms were barebones but clean - no showers available. Lots of hiking available both directly from the CG and a short drive away. Most sites are pretty unlevel so bring plenty of blocks. Great scenic spot, would definitely stay again. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A56
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Large, spread out campground. Plenty of room between sites. Easy access to sites. Lots of hiking trails readily available from the campgrounds. Campground Rangers were very helpful. No water at the site, but had a free potable water fill up place within the grounds - and the water was fantastic!!! Clean, clear, cold, pure. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Small RV
Site Surface
Gravel
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:

We went there to hike, and the trails there were great. Wonderful circuit hikes which include the Appalachian Trail.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is in a beautiful and quiet area. A few of the sites on the ends of the rows had more privacy, but most sites did not afford any privacy. There are no services here, and no showers, but there is potable water near the dump station. There is no wifi, and I was able to get att cell service (but not verizon) with an antenna, for brief periods here and there. Generator use is restricted to two hours in the am and three in the late afternoon. There are miles and miles of great hiking trails. The biggest problem I had with this park was that there were only a handful of nearly level sites, and none of them are reservable. Many sites had sharp level differences both front to back and side to side. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A23
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of sites. Some you must reserve and other that are first come. One half price with Golden Age Passport. Nice restrooms, no showers, but dump/water station. Spent six days. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 254
States Visited: 35
Helpful Reviews: 30

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

This park was nice because nobody was ther;, if this park was full which on weekends it is, I think you would feel like you were camped on top of each other. The sites are somewhat side by side with no barriers in between. We would stay here again outside of the peak season. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 371
States Visited: 39
Helpful Reviews: 68

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is one of the four main ones in Shenandoah National Park and the closest one to the north entrance. The Appalachian Trail surrounds it and there are many hikes in the area to take and many to some great waterfalls. It has a nice layout and opens up around May 15, so when we were there the deer stroll into the park with no fear of humans. Eight bear were spotted around the area of the campground, and driving here bobcat jetted across in front of us and then stared as we went by. 25% of the sites can be reserved and the others are first come first serve. It was empty on the weekday we were there in May but on the weekends it is usually full. Hiking, observing nature and wildlife and driving the Skyline Drive are the favorite things to do. The day we were here was sunny and clear. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 10

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

We found it busy, crowded, cramped, and loud! We will not return here! There are better choices to camp in Shenandoah. Sites are on top of each other; no privacy at all. Forget staying here on a holiday weekend-folks cruise the campground all night long looking for an open spot. We wish they would have posted a "No Vacancy" sign at the ranger station. We got no sleep here at all between the cruisers, barking dogs, and drunken yahoos next door. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

It is the first campground inside the National Park when entering from the North. A rustic campground with no hook-ups. There is a fairly steep downgrade entering campground. It has a good dump station with fresh water available to fill tanks. Camp fees don't include the $15 access fee for the National Park. Sites varied from wide and level to narrow and steep. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

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

Date of Stay: January, 2008 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We have camped there only one time while visiting Lurray Caverns. The check in and payment were on the honor system. The site that we chose was right near the restrooms for convenience of the children. The restrooms were well lit and clean, even during the off-season. There was no odor at our site from the facilities. It was very quiet and really beautiful! We were high up on the mountain and the view of the winter sky was fabulous! There were so many stars to be seen, it was absolutely amazing. We were in a "primitive" area, which means that there was no on-site water or electric hook-ups, but isn't that what camping is all about? Some or our "neighbors" were up late with a campfire, and we borrowed their ax to split some wood as we ran out before heading to bed. The site was large and flat and well shaded in parts. We will definitely be returning to Matthew's Arm in the future!! :) We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Tent.

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Review Count: 213
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: October, 2005 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This CG is at mile marker 22.2 on Skyline Drive in the park. The trip into the park from Front Royal was very easy; we didn't notice the grade, probably because the speed limit is only 35 mph. Most sites in the CG are shaded by nice tall oak trees (nice except for the acorns that pelted us constantly and forcefully on a couple of very windy days and nights), these paved back-in sites tended to be a bit sloped fore and aft as well as side to side. There were sites in a more open area (about C150 to C170) that looked a bit more level. We have a 30 ft class A and had plenty of room to park our toad in front of the RV, we did not see any sites that looked large enough for a big rig (40+ ft) and a towed vehicle but there may be a some that we missed. The roads to and throughout the CG were paved and in good shape. Bathrooms were clean, simple flush toilets; there are no hook-ups, laundry or showers at Mathews Arm but it was peaceful and the autumn leaves were lovely. There is a campstore at the Elkwallow wayside about two miles from the CG. We had several deer wander through the campground. There is a dump station with two ports that is well situated a bit away from the entrance to the CG. We liked the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center and in general the north end of the park seems less congested than the central and south sections, we would stay here again. Campground closes at the end of Oct. We camped at Mathews Arm Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

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