The best camping near Shenandoah National Park

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Graves Mountain Farm Campground

40 sites · RVs, Tents1800 acres · Syria, VA
Campground by Shenandoah National Park Maximum Length of Stay 7 Days 1800 Acre Farm to Play On Lots of activities - from live music, to nature walks, horseback trail rides, fly fishing, 18 miles of trails, mountain biking, road biking. Campground is 7 acres on the Farm and on large attendance weeks it goes up to 55 acres. Campground is free-form. You make your own area, no reserved "spaces". Porta-toilets, pit toilets, excellent mountain well water. No picnic tables or fire rings as we use the spaces for different events. No hook-ups. We do have a dump station with a fee of $40.00. 2 Mountain Streams - Rose River & Robinson River 2 Fishing Ponds - no license needed 18 Miles of Hiking Trails on property Seasonal Pool - fee payable $10 pp per day in 2024 Free-form Camping - no assigned spaces Well Behaved pets are welcome - on leads please & please clean up after your pet. No hook-ups at this time 7 acres of meadows on the 1800-acre Farm & Graves Mountain Lodge Please stay within signed areas as the size of the campground changes according to festival events  Wood - May be purchased at the Graves Mountain Market, Campground Entrance or at the Main Lodge. Water spigots up front near the red barn. Porta-toilets and pit toilets Wet toilets, sinks and showers are usually available down at the bathhouse in the DORM area behind the packing shed opposite the Market or at the Old Farm House bathhouse near the Main Lodge. Fiber Optic WiFi- that allows for Cell service calling and receiving - even without cell service - up front. Get password at bulletin board, Market or Main Lodge Cell phones - connect to your network via our WiFi both to call out and receive calls. We are remote so no cell towers available Open 24 hours - at night please be respect your neighbors while setting up. Old Rag Mountain Hike- 6.5 miles to the back entrance (Weakley Hollow/Berry Hollow Fire Rd and Old Rag Shelter |10.5 miles to Nethers/Front Entrance. White Oak Canyon Falls Hike - 6.5 miles up our back hollow road 12 Outdoor Adventures and a Whole Farm to Get to Know: goats, horses, rabbits, chickens, sheep, black angus calf, and more. Hiking and fishing on our 1800 acres and National Park, horse-back riding, nature hikes, guided hikes, yoga, live music, own hard cider, Farm to Table Restaurant, Market Deli and tackle for needs, prepared foods - or giving in to a massage - even Reiki. Gift Shop located in the lower level of the Main Lodge for t-shirts, hats, gifts, Graves Mountain specialty products and more. Live sing-along, open mike on Friday evenings and live Bluegrass on Saturday evenings. Our own hard cider "Mountain Squeeze", fire-pit, marshmallow roasting---all at the Main Lodge. What will be happening on the farm - see our calendar of activities: https://www.gravesmountain.com/calendar-events-shenandoah-blue-ridge/ Huge seasonal pool, volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, corn-hole, ping pong, board games, and books - a whole library for you.
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Shenandoah NP Ridge

1 site · Tent5 acres · Stanley, VA
Drive in and Pull up to this rustic primitive campsite with fire pit on the ridge road near the Shenandoah National Park your amazing adventure awaits. Camp where and take in everything the area has to offer. Primitive campsite in the mountains, this is the place to enjoy pristine nature and the wilderness.,
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Awesome View

2 sites · RVs3 acres · Elkton, VA
Awesome View is appropriately named; we have nearly a 360 degree view of mountains—Blue Ridge and Massanutten. We have a field that is great for camping with farmland all around.Lots of hiking, biking and skiing close by.Within 4 miles you can visit Shenandoah National Park and Massanutten 4 Seasons Resort and in the summer a produce market with delicious fresh veggies. Nearby you can visit Luray caverns and others, Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, Appalachian trail, historic Charlottesville and Staunton.
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Private Paradise on Rivers Bend

4 sites · RVs, Tents55 acres · Brightwood, VA
Welcome to Private Paradise on Rivers Bend!Campsite has a firepit, picnic table, river frontage with beach, and fishing hole. Campers can enjoy hiking and the many breweries and wine vineyards in the Shenandoah. Great access point for kayaking. Firewood available (reasonable rates)close to:-Scenic Skyline DriveThorton Gap entrance (33 miles)Swift Run Gap entrance (29 miles)-Shenandoah National Park (50 miles)-Many great VineyardsPrince Michele (3 miles away)Early Mountain (10 miles away)DuCard (16 miles)Barboursville (24 miles)Horton’s ( 25 miles)Old Rag Mountain which was voted #10 in the Top 25 hikes in the world,(20 miles)Historic homes of Founding Fathers Thomas Jefferson (Monticello - 41 miles) or James Madison (Montpelier- 21 miles)
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Spacious Skies Shenandoah Views Campground

87 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents10 acres · Luray, VA
Spacious Skies Shenandoah Views is a serene slice of heaven, conveniently located just 20 minutes off I-81, yet still peacefully rural nestled within farmland atop a hill in Luray, Virginia. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains with views all around and from our cabin rentals, our campground is close to the Luray Caverns, the famed Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park, the Shenandoah River, and several Civil War sites. We offer both shady RV sites and open RV sites that can accommodate all sized RVs and trailers—we are big rig friendly! Each RV site includes a picnic table, fire ring, 30 or 50-amp electrical service, and sewer. We have deluxe patio sites and deluxe tent sites too! Our campground is in the heart of all that Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley has to offer. Hiking opportunities abound as Luray is the closest town to the Thornton Gap entrance of Shenandoah National Park, and is to the Skyline Drive, taking drivers along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains! The Luray Caverns, a national historic site, with it’s famous Great Stalacpipe Organ, are just a few minutes away, and tubing, canoeing, and white-water rafting adventure can be found at the nearby Shenandoah River. Museums and Civil War sites will feed your history-loving soul! Onsite we have a brand-new camp store! We also have a large pool and small pool, a gathering yurt for groups and an event pavilion, a playground, and a jumping pillow is in the works! We have two deluxe cabins and four deluxe yurts for more ways to appreciate the great outdoors with those additional creature comforts.
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Traveler's Meadow

26 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents8 acres · Broadway, VA
Enjoying 8 acres of the simpler life with Renee and our children, 15 minutes north of Harrisonburg, Virginia. We love animals, planting gardens, preserving quality food, and hiking and camping in both of the world-famous national parks here. We are 4th year hosts, and immensely gratified to share all we can from this amazing Shenandoah Valley. For many adventure seekers, we have been a gateway to nearby attractions, while many of our guests come here specifically to enjoy a humble get-away in the woods with electricity, great Wi-Fi and a hot shower. There are several petting zoos near us, in case you want a little close-up exposure to some cute farm animals. We are located 45 minutes from the Shenandoah National Park. Nathan is an avid hiker and familiar with many fun outdoor attractions in the area. Please reach out to us, should you need any help planning your trip. Some great hikes: Trayfoot Mountain to Blackrock Summit from Port Republic Rd Elliot Knob and High Knob fire towers Fridley's gap swimming hole & overlook. Meems Covered Bridge in Mt. Jackson Wildflower Trail (see a long lost, 500-pound millstone) Blue Ridge Tunnel Hone Quarry falls Reddish Knob Emerald Pond Yellow Rock Cliff and Storybook Trail (Great overlooks!!) Please ask about scheduled group hikes as well, we would love to help you have a good time. Other fun things: Frontier Cultural Museum Back Home on the Farm Melrose Caverns Ruby's Arcade (awesome wood fired pizza, 150 year old Duck Pin game)
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Watercress Inn at Landon Farm

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents120 acres · Etlan, VA
Welcome to our small Farm and Inn, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Madison County, Virginia. Located just minutes from Shenandoah National Park, we offer intimate nature-inspired cottages and camping on our 120-acre working farm. Enjoy an evening under the stars with fireflies and a campfire after a long day hike, fly fishing on one of our beautiful trout steams or touring the local vineyards and breweries. We currently offer one cottage and a few campsites for our guests. Our campsites are all private, located acres apart with tables, chairs, firepits, some elevated sleeping areas, some hammock spots and a few with a roof. Three of our spots require walking away from your vehicle, short distances. We have four drive-in sites that will accommodate two or three vehicles. We do not allow RVs or trailers on our main farm due to our narrow mountain driveway. Wisteria Camp has a private driveway therefore can accommodate small RV/Trailers. Camper vans are welcome at the main farm! Our farm store includes our Animal Welfare Approved products such as Eggs, Chicken, Beef, Pork, Lamb and Dairy, as well as produce, jams, coffee and other items from our local community. We offer camping essentials, local art, bike rentals, farm experiences and tours. The property has miles of trails along mountain spring-fed streams, a small pond and access to three private acres on the Robinson River, a stocked Trout stream, just 2 miles down the road. Our property is centrally located to White Oak Canyon (20 minutes) and Old Rag Mountain (10 minutes) trailheads in the Shenandoah National Park as well as many vineyards and breweries. A few offerings on the farm. Tasting in the 1850s Chestnut log cabin, tubing trips, breakfast and picnic lunches, Animal experiences and Yoga. Please inquire about renting the property for private small events.
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Littlehouse Farm

5 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Elkton, VA
Experience breathtaking mountainous views in all directions from this property. To the East, behold the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, while to the West, the impressive Massanutten Mountain (part of the Appalachian range) dominates the skyline. For outdoor enthusiasts, the nearby Shenandoah River offers excellent fishing opportunities, while a small pond on-site adds to the charm of the surroundings.
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Shenandoah NP Mtn Field

1 site · Tent1 acre · Stanley, VA
PRIMITIVE campsite in a mountain field, AWD or 4WD required to access the off-road campsite. Enjoy this large private camp in the wilderness on the border of Shenandoah National Park and hike nearby to the Appalachian Trail, Big Meadows, and Waterfalls. Campsite has spectacular mountain views.
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Camp Shenandoah Meadows

11 sites · Lodging, Tents40 acres · Woodstock, VA
We welcome you to our view of the great outdoors. We are 30 minutes from the entrance of the well known Skyline Drive, part of the Shenandoah National Park. We are surrounded by multiple hikes, restaurants, breweries and wineries less than a 30 minute trip! Onsite we have numerous amenities open to all camping guests which include, fish stocked pond, large swimming pool, basketball court, and soccer field. We welcome you to stay with us and enjoy our 40 acre view!  This camp was previously operated as a summer camp for large groups, but will now be open to groups of all sizes including campers throughout the year! This is new for the camp and the new owner, but we’re excited about hosting everyone going forward!Welcome!
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Shenandoah Valley MTN

1 site · Tent1 acre · Stanley, VA
SUV required* Come and enjoy everything the mountain has to offer and venture off the beaten path to camp here! Located up a mountain road, enjoy the tranquillity of nature and untouched wilderness in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley south of Luray, Virginia. LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS!
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Wild Phlox Farm

2 sites · Lodging, Tents6 acres · Keezletown, VA
Located at the base of the western Massanutten Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley, our six-acre property is nestled in the hamlet of Keezletown. Our campsite is located along a gurgling stream (Cub Run), perfect for wading in on hot summer days or falling asleep to as the evenings cool. Across the stream horses pasture, and in the field next to the campsite several goats graze. We are in a fantastic biking location: the winding back country roads make for wonderful road bike excursions. We are also just minutes down the road from the Western Slopes trails, over 25 miles of mountain bike and hiking trails. Other great hiking trails are nearby as well, and the Blue Ridge Mountains (Appalachian Trail) are an easy half-hour drive away. Our area abounds with wineries and breweries, both in bucolic settings with gorgeous views or in downtown Harrisonburg, which is a 10-minute drive away, and also home to a variety of great dining options. Other options include the water park at the Massanutten Resort, just around the mountain from us, or kayaking on the Shenandoah River. Or spending a quiet day on the property in the shade of the sycamores, listening to the water flow by.
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The best camping near Shenandoah National Park guide

Overview

About

Not far from the urban sprawl of the East Coast lies a vast, rugged landscape of rolling hills, tumbling waterfalls, and epic hiking trails, just 75 miles from Washington D.C. Whether you take a scenic tour of the 100-mile Skyline Drive or lace up your hiking shoes to hit the Appalachian Trail, which passes through the park, you will be treated to panoramic vistas offering views of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The National Park Service maintains over 600 campsites spread across five campgrounds, offering both RV sites and tent sites. Backcountry camping is also allowed for tent camping by permit only.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for park accessibility: Big Meadows Campground is centrally located, accessible to many park attractions.
  • Best park views from the campground: While the campsites are tree-covered, Loft Mountain Campground has scenic overlooks from its mountain-top location.
  • Best for group camping: As the name implies, Dundo Group Campground is set aside for groups only. Reservations may be made one year in advance. Group sites are also offered at other campgrounds in the park.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • No hookups are available at individual campsites.
  • The three large campgrounds offer potable water seasonally and have onsite dump stations.
  • Reservation availability varies by campground. Mathews Arm Campground, Loft Mountain Campground, and Big Meadows Campground have reservable sites.
  • Reservations released in batches. Some are released as early as 6 months in advance, with others as late as 4 days in advance.
  • Reservations are recommended, especially for weekends and holidays during peak season. Reservations may be made through the Recreation.gov website.
  • Lewis Mountain Campground and some sections of Mathews Arm and Loft Mountain campgrounds are first-come, first-served. 
  • Campgrounds are not open year-round. Winter closing dates are determined seasonally.

When to go

As cold winter weather slowly gives way to late spring, the day time temperatures become pleasant for outdoor recreation before reaching peaks in the 80s in late summer (July and August). Fall is one of the busiest seasons. Visitors flock to the park to take in views of the rainbow-hued tree-covered hillsides, with colors peaking in early October. Plan for cooler temperatures at higher elevations; wearing layers of clothing is recommended. Campers may find freezing temperatures and snow in the winter months.

Know before you go

  • Cell signals and wifi are limited in much of the park. 
  • Outside of Shenandoah National Park, many RV parks with full hookups and other amenities are found near popular areas like Luray and Front Royal, which have easy access to entrance stations.
  • Free dispersed camping may be found in the surrounding George Washington & Jefferson national forests.
  • Glamping accommodations may also be found in the park’s lodges and cabin rentals.

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