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 areaShowers and LaundromatGreat camping spot for thru-hikers, right off Appalachian Trail3 Waterfalls within walking distanceConveniently 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.
- Camp cooking supplies
- Camping gear (overnight)
- Camera gear
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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.
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.Follow
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