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The Best Camping in Shenandoah National Park

Looking for the best camping in Shenandoah National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Shenandoah National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Shenandoah National Park

  • Free Union, Virginia

    Brown Rocky Mountain Trail

    9.37 mi / 2254 ft gain
    Brown Rocky Mountain Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Dyke, Virginia.
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  • Elkton, Virginia

    Rocky Mount Trail Loop

    3.2
    9.58 mi / 2200 ft gain
    The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive. You can park at this overlook for the night, just make sure you fill out a (free) wilderness permit and walk the short way on Skyline Drive to the trailhead. Immediately climb a wooded knoll before headin...
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  • Elkton, Virginia

    Fridley Gap Trail

    9.59 mi / 2785 ft gain
    Fridley Gap Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Elkton, Virginia.
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  • Crozet, Virginia

    Moormans River Overnight Loop via Appalachian Trail

    17.46 mi / 3091 ft gain
    Moormans River Overnight Loop via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Grottoes, Virginia.
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  • Waynesboro, Virginia

    Beagle Gap to Blackrock Gap

    27.88 mi / 5554 ft gain
    Beagle Gap to Blackrock Gap is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Crozet, Virginia.
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  • Stanley, Virginia

    Hike to Bear Church Rock via Bootens Gap

    3.5
    9.4 mi / 800 ft gain
    The trail leads along the ridge of Jones Mountain to the gorgeous views at Bear Church Rock, and it's the perfect hike for those seeking solitude - didn't see another soul the entire time on a holiday weekend.From the parking lot, head out left on the AT northbound. In .4 miles you will come to a...
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  • Stanley, Virginia

    Mill Prong to Rapidan Camp

    3.74 mi / 781 ft gain
    Mill Prong to Rapidan Camp is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Syria, Virginia.
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  • Afton, Virginia

    Rockfish Gap to Dripping Rock and Humpback Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    16.44 mi / 3340 ft gain
    Rockfish Gap to Dripping Rock and Humpback Mountain via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Afton, Virginia.
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  • Stanley, Virginia

    Camp at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

    4.4
    Visiting Shenandoah National Park for the first time can be quite overwhelming. The 109 mile long Skyline Drive, combined with over 500 miles of hiking trails, makes camping is a necessity if you truly want to experience Shenandoah.From the Appalachian thru-hiker to the RV'er, Big Meadows is perf...
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  • Stanley, Virginia

    Backpack Rose River Loop

    5.0
    4 mi / 900 ft gain
    The trail can be found on Skyline Drive.  Though it is a little challenging to locate, you should park at  Fisher’s Gap Overlook (mile marker 49.4), and then walk over across the road and find the trail. You'll spot it by looking over the side of the road and then hiking down.  The Rose River Loo...
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  • Afton, Virginia

    Dobie Mountain via Appalachian Trail

    5.92 mi / 1329 ft gain
    Dobie Mountain via Appalachian Trail is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Nellysford, Virginia.
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  • Luray, Virginia

    White Oak Canyon to Upper Falls

    4.8
    4.28 mi / 866 ft gain
    Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles. Continue on and you will cross your first footbridge shortly. After another mile you will cross the s...
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  • Dayton, Virginia

    Hidden Rocks

    2.25 mi / 269 ft gain
    Hidden Rocks is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Dayton, Virginia.
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  • Dayton, Virginia

    Climb Hidden Rocks

    5.0
    Amazing rock climbing can be found just outside Harrisonburg, VA at a series of crags hiding in the beautiful landscape of GW National Forest. Hidden Rocks offers amazing climbing and bouldering for intermediate level or well-guided beginners.Near the end of Hone Quarry Road is a small, self-pay ...
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  • Augusta County, Virginia

    George Washington North River Gorge Trail

    9.9 mi / 971 ft gain
    George Washington North River Gorge Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Mount Solon, Virginia.
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  • Lyndhurst, Virginia

    Humpback Mountain and the Rocks via Appalachian Trail

    5.95 mi / 1122 ft gain
    Humpback Mountain and the Rocks via Appalachian Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Nellysford, Virginia.
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