July 11, 2007 – Although we hadn’t planned an overnight stop on Skyline Drive at the end of our big Blue Ridge Parkway tour, after driving just a little ways into Shenandoah National Park, we couldn’t resist an overnight at Loft Mountain Campground.
During the rest of my time in the area, I drove down here several times and went through all the campgrounds. Those listed below are in order driving from north (Milepost 1) to south (Milepost 105). Site maps and campground details are linked in their name.
Milepost 22.1 – 178 sites
Sites #A36 & A38 on left (empty); campground host in A40. Sites on the right are the only pull-throughs.
Section C – some sites in this section are reservable and some first-come, first-serve only.
This lady is staking her claim to this site no matter what. 🙂
Flush toilets, drinking water, pay phones, dump station; no showers. Elkwallow Wayside with camping supplies and food service is 2 miles away.
Milepost 51.2 – 178 sites
Entrance into Big Meadow Campground. According to the ranger, the best site in this campground is E-180. It’s a massive, level pull-through on the outer bluff with views of the valley when you can see through the trees. Other recommended sites are G-210 (another large pull-through but in the interior part) and E-190, a very level back-in.
All of the sites in Loop I are first-come, first served.
Deer were frequently seen throughout the campground in the middle of the day and I was also told bears come around, too, so food storage is an important issue here.
Near many of the major facilities and popular hiking trails in the park. Three waterfalls are within walking distance; the Meadow, with its abundant plant growth and wildlife, is close by.
Milepost 57.5 – 31 sites
The smallest campground in the park; all sites are first-come, first served. It’s only 6 miles from Big Meadows.
Road scene – Site 7 on right.
Milepost 79.5 – 175 sites
Me in Site A-19. This is the closest campground to the south entrance – about 25 miles. It’s the only campground I stayed at due to a lucky mistake when my mom and I ended up at the South Entrance of Skyline Drive. We really enjoyed our night here – very quiet and lush with greenery. I liked that it is a large pull-through with generous amount of space between the road and the site.
Most of the pull-through sites I saw were good sized, but not all had the same buffer between the site and the road.
Loft Mountain Campground is located atop Big Flat Mountain.
More info on Shenandoah National Park Campgrounds:
Shenandoah National Park Campgrounds – Info from NPS: Campgrounds in Shenandoah are open seasonally. Some campgrounds are first-come, first serve and some can be reserved. Holders of Interagency Senior and Access passes are eligible for a 50% discount on their camping fee. This page also gives links to pdf pages of the individual campgrounds’ site maps.
Some loops prohibit generator use and where they are allowed, there are limited hours to use them.
There are self registration stations and camp hosts at every loop.
In 2007, I could not get Verizon cell phone or air card at any campground I tried.