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Attention: Effective May 1, 2015, the fee to enter the park will increase from $15 to $20 per vehicle


part ofShenandoah National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Fri Nov 13 2015   Season Dates


Secluded in the thick trees and rolling hills of Shenandoah National Park, the Big Meadows Campground is the ideal spot for an outdoors getaway.

Natural Features:

Shenandoah National Park spans 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southern Appalachians. The park rises above the Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west.

The scenery at Meadows Campground never disappoints, with a stunning array of colors in the fall and a blanket of bright wildflowers in the spring. This green and shady campground is a wilderness paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.


Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint while others wind deep into the forest and wilderness.

Big Meadows is near many of the major facilities and popular hiking trails in the park. Three waterfalls are within walking distance, and the Meadow, with its abundant plant growth and wildlife, is an ideal nearby attraction.

Wildlife viewing is also a popular pastime, with black bears, wild turkey, deer, birds and countless other animals thriving in the park.

The campground is also located right off the famous Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stunning views are visible from any of the 75 scenic overlooks.


This expansive campground offers more than 200 campsites, including sites that can accommodate larger groups. Picnic areas are provided, as modern conveniences like flush toilets, showers and dump stations create a comfortable camping experience.

Nearby Attractions:

Several visitors centers, bookstores, restaurants and exhibits are scattered throughout the Shenandoah National Park. Click here for more information.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Sites
  • Amphitheater
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Flush Toilets
  • Laundry
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Drive
  • Showers
Know Before You Go
  • Black bears and other wildlife frequent the area; visitors must follow food and garbage storage regulations
  • There are no RV hookups, but dump stations and potable water are provided
  • There is a $20 fee per vehicle entering the park
  • Upon arrival check in at campground office, after hours directions will be posted
  • First come, first served sites are also available
  • Visitors are responsible for knowing park rules, which can be found here
  • Unleaded fuel is only available at Big Meadows (milepost 51.2) Diesel and Propane are not available in the park
  • Firewood may not be available for purchase after 7 p.m. If you plan to arrive late you may want to consider purchasing USDA approved, kiln-dried firewood to burn at the campground.
  • Due to the spread of invasive insects, only USDA certified kiln dried firewood is permitted in the park. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.51778, -78.43306
38°31'4"N, 78°25'59"W

From Washington, D.C., metro area, travel west on Interstate 66 to exit 43A. Take US Highway 29 south to Warrenton, Virginia, then merge onto US Highway 211 west to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive Thornton Gap Entrance. Take Skyline Drive south approximately 19 miles and turn right into the Big Meadows area. Follow the signs to Big Meadows Campground.

From Richmond, Virginia area, travel west on Interstate 64 to exit 136 for Zion X-Roads, Virginia. Take exit to US Highway 15 North, then turn onto US Highway 33 west and follow 28 miles to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Swift Run Gap Entrance. Take Skyline Drive North approximately 15 miles and turn left into the Big Meadows area. Follow the signs to Big Meadows Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Shenandoah National Park Headquarters

Phone Number:

Information:  540-999-3500 x 3231
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