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Reviewed 16 September 2016

This huge campground caters to people of all ages. The fee is only $20 per night ($10 if you have a Golden Age card). Campsites are spacious and you don't feel that you are in a parking lot. No hookups of course but there are plenty of comfort stations and showers are available for a small fee. We camp a...

Thank Kenneth H
Midlothian, Virginia
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Hundreds of sites, shady and large. No hookups though. Close to the lodge and visitors center. Numerous hikes from here including the AT. Clean showers and bathrooms. Wood for sale. Internet available at visitors center. No cell service. Ranger programs available. The main place to camp in the park. Very tame deer will visit you nightly.

Thank B W
Kansas City, Missouri
Reviewed 5 September 2016

The wife and I are tent campers. This is a great campground for tent camping. If you know when you're going to visit, plan ahead and make reservations. There is a very nice tents-only section. Abundant wildlife roams the park and the campgrounds (along with the Park) are dog friendly. Bear Prevention camping required. Bear boxes provided in spots without...

2Thank Photogbrett
Saratoga Springs, New York
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Nice spacious camp sites. Everyone was quiet by 10. Wish they had quiet time till 7 am the next morning instead of 6. But neighbors were nice. Don't like sharing public bathroom but you're camping so what's to do. Need more stalls in bathrooms. Stars at night beautiful. First camping experience. Would definitely go again. Overall great experience.

Thank blondy414
Alexandria, Virginia
Reviewed 31 August 2016

This was our first visit to Big Meadows Campground. We have many friends who have camped here for years and love it. We can't believe we waited this long to try it out! Even though the campground was full we felt we had a lot of privacy in our spot. Guests were quiet and respectful. The facilities were clean and...

Thank Diane B
Starr MD
Reviewed 30 August 2016

We've taking the family for several years now, some of the reasons why Big Meadows campground is our base-camp for our week in the park: 1. Location in the park: Located at MilePost 51, Big Meadows is located exactly half-way through the park making it a perfect place to set off either North or South though the park in search...

17Thank pitpawten
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Great campground for families. Love the fact that there were so many planned activities by the park rangers that were free. So much to do at & near Big Meadows! We were treated with sightings of 4 black bears & many deer! Be sure to follow rules & policies regarding the bears. You have Big Meadow Lodge with a restaurant...

1Thank FamilyVacationing1
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

My older son and I stayed here for two nights ($20/night). While it was full, it did not seem crowded. The sites are clean and people are friendly. There is plenty to do in and around the site. The Big Meadows lodge is a short walk and sports a restaurant, pub with entertainment, a gift shop, and a short hike...

2Thank Mike M
Pittsburgh, United States
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Don't let this crowded campground fool you. The culture here is calm, quiet and friendly. Firewood is readily available from the check in area and the big meadows lodge. Restrooms were clean and well kept. The showers are in a separate building, and were adequate for camping. Big meadows is in a nice, central location in this big park. The...

2Thank Laura M
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Camping at Big Meadows Campground is pretty much like any other National Park. But the staff, in our experience, has been better than most. When we arrived, we told the Ranger, Bryan, we were trail runners and he spent about 20 minutes describing the different trails and difficulties of each. If you're a trail runner, definitely check out Big Meadows.

Thank Hugo A

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Address: Mile 51.3 Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
Region: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah National Park
Number of rooms: 217
Also Known As:
Big Meadows Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park
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“All campsites are great. Loops A & B prohibit use of generators and thus are quiet. Loops C and D are fairly open.”
424kennethh, 16 Sep 2016 | Read review
“All campsites were good. The ones on the appalachian trail (E) looked really nice although shady.”
blondy414, 3 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The most secluded reservable walk-in sites are 36, 37 and 40”
pitpawten, 30 Aug 2016 | Read review
“You can view the camping sites on their website!”
gentum, 1 Aug 2016 | Read review
“see where your site is in relation to the utility sink - cause of bears you have to be clean.”
B1842XSamyr, 27 Jul 2016 | Read review
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