Camp along the South Fork Shenandoah River

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  • Activities:

    Canoeing, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Swimming

  • Skill Level:


  • Season:

    Year Round

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly

Free tent camping along the South Fork Shenandoah River. Located in George Washington National Forest, this is a great spot for a weekend getaway filled with tubing, canoeing, and long nights by the campfire.

From Luray, follow Bixler's Ferry Road until you cross the river. The road will then T, go to the right along South Page Valley Road. Follow this road for about 6.5 miles until you pass Shenandoah River Outfitters. Shortly after this it will turn into a gravel road. Drive along the gravel road for roughly 2 miles until you see Riverwater Road, turn right onto this road. The road ultimately leads to a dead end at the boat ramp, the campsites are located on the right prior to the turnaround. Be careful relying on GPS when you get to Luray, it may lead you to an area across the river from the campsites. Use these directions to avoid this...I made that mistake the first time.

These campsites are part of George Washington National Forest. This is public land which is why there is no cost for staying here. Campsites are first come, first served. There is no fee to reserve the campsites, nor are there any reservations needed. They are completely free, legal campsites to stay at provided by the Forest Service. Additionally, you may only stay up to 14 days at the campsite. Each campsite is near the water and has a fire ring. There are non-flush toilets nearby. If you plan to be doing river activities, the campsites are located at mile marker 13 on the river.


Pack List

Everyone has there own camping wants and needs, but here are 10 essential and non-essential items that I always bring with me. 

  • Tent + sleeping gear
  • Stove/Cookware
  • Food
  • Water
  • Toilet paper
  • Headlamp
  • Camp chair 
  • Eno hammock
  • Bluetooth speaker (be respectful of others!)
  • Camera gear
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Spencer Marfing

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