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

Loft Mountain Campground, VA

part ofShenandoah National Park, National Park Service
Status: Open through Sat Oct 24 2015   Season Dates


Perched on top of Big Flat Mountain, this campground offers some of the best scenic views in the entire Shenandoah National Park. As the largest campground in the park, Loft Mountain is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, providing a wilderness getaway in the historic Virginia mountains.

Natural Features:

Shenandoah National Park includes 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.

Loft Mountain's location on the mountain top offers campers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding rolling hills and open meadows.


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

Trails to the Big Run Wilderness area are accessible from the campground, and pristine waterfalls are a common site along the popular trails.

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

The campground is located right off of Milepost 80 on the famous Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stunning views are available from any of the 75 scenic overlooks.


This expansive campground offers nearly 200 campsites, including sites that can accommodate larger groups. Picnic areas are provided, as well as modern conveniences like flush toilets, showers and dump stations, which 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
  • Campfire Circles
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • General Store
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Laundry
  • Picnic Area
  • Ranger Station
  • Restaurant
  • Showers
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
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):
38.26056, -78.65528
38°15'38"N, 78°39'19"W

From Washington, D.C., metro area, travel west on Interstate 66 to exit 43A. Take US Highway 29 south approximately 55 miles to Ruckersville, Virginia, then take US Highway 33 west to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive Swift Run Entrance. Follow Skyline Drive south approximately 15 miles and turn left into the Loft Mountain area. Follow the signs to Loft Mountain Campground.

From Richmond, Virginia, area, travel west on Interstate 64 to exit 99 for Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive. Take Skyline Drive north approximately 25 miles and turn right into the Loft Mountain area. Follow the signs to Loft Mountain Campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Loft Mountain Campground


Phone Number:

Information:  (434)823-4675
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