Hike to Historical Rapidan Camp in Shenandoah National Park

4.5 Miles Round Trip - 890 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Milam Gap Parking - Search Nearby - Added by Jenn Gonzalez

Hike back to the 1929 to see a camp created by President Hoover deep within Shenandoah National Park and see many of the structures that are still standing.

For this hike park at the Milam Gap parking lot located at mile 52.8 on Skyline Drive. Once parked you will cross Skyline Drive to reach the trail.  Hikers will follow the blue blazes along the trail and creek. 

After you have crossed the creek twice you will come to a larger waterfall. At this point you will need to follow the yellow blazes to reach Rapidan Camp. The yellow blazed trail is the horse trail.

Once you reach the Rapidan Camp fire road you'll see the camp straight ahead. If you turn left onto the fire road and cross the bridge you will find a bathroom (enclosed outhouse) which is a nice bonus. 

Walking into the camp you'll see what is left of the 1929 retreat built by and for President Hoover. A few structures and houses remain along with an outdoor fire pit. Take time to walk to The Prime Minister building and read through the display that talks about the history of the camp. There are places to sit and rest and enjoy a snack or a lunch. 

Then retrace your route back to the Milam Gap parking lot.

Helpful Link: Shenandoah National Park Guide for Rapidan Camp

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Photography
Hiking
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

Details

4.5 Miles
890 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Very Cool Place in Shenandoah

If you're a history nerd you'll love Camp Rapidan. If you love fly fishing this is also a great place to catch wild, native Brookies!