Camp at Big Meadows, Shenandoah National Park

Virginia Big Meadows Campground

Added by Steph FigPope

  • Right off of Skyline Drive (MM 51.2)
  • White-tailed deer frequent the campground area
  • Showers and Laundromat
  • Great camping spot for thru-hikers, right off Appalachian Trail
  • 3 Waterfalls within walking distance
  • Conveniently located next to a Ranger Station, Visitor Center, the Big Meadows Lodge, Gas Station and Store

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 perfectly located for all types of travelers. Located off of MM 51.2, it's a great campsite for those traveling in either direction through Shenandoah on Skyline Drive. Campers are able to get all the necessities they need, or forgot at home, at the nearby camp store. Even gas is available at the gas station next door (a rare find in any National Park)!

Secluded in the forest, Big Meadows is a great place if you want to see the local wildlife. White-tailed deer are abundantly found feeding off the grass in the area, which is perfect for the wildlife photographer. The campground is located in bear country, so make sure to properly store your food and belongings.

If you have time, make sure to hike to any of the three local waterfalls close to the campground! Big Meadows offers a convenient location near a lot of hiking trails and is directly located next to the Appalachian Trail. This campground is perfect for those who can't get enough hiking in during trips.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Food
  • Camp cooking supplies
  • Tent
  • Camping gear (overnight)
  • Camera gear
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

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Spring, Summer, Autumn



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area

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about 1 month ago

Before It All Started

This Campground was the last camping adventure I went on before starting a year long sojourn into the National Parks. Coincidentally, it is also the last place I visited on that same year. Shenandoah National Park is like the Shire to me...there and back again. These woods have that majestic feel to them. Just reading this makes me want to go back...I think I will.

about 1 month ago

3 months ago

Absolutely Serene

Just got back from camping here and it was phenomenal. Quiet, calm, and the views are just amazing. You won't regret camping here.

3 months ago

12 months ago

Great camping location!

My boyfriend and I just camped here this past weekend! It was great. There were many deer hanging around the campsite and it was very close to some great waterfall hikes!

12 months ago

Added by Steph FigPope

Steph FigPope is an adventure photographer, who strives to recreate the unforgettable moments she experiences for those who can't travel themselves. Her photography captures the spirit of adventure while bringing the awe-inspiring beauty of the natural world from her lens to yours.

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