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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 Sat Oct 24 2015   Season Dates


Secluded in the thick trees and rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park, Mathews Arm Campground is the ideal spot for a camping getaway.

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.


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 forests and wilderness.

Mathews Arm Campground is located near Overall Run Falls, which, at 93 feet, has the highest drop of all the falls in Shenandoah National Park. A moderately difficult hiking trail, which leads to the falls, is accessible from the campground. Once at the falls, visitors can enjoy views of the entire Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain.

Wildlife viewing is a 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 22 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.


Mathews Arm is a family-oriented campground, offering plenty of open spaces in the nearly 200 available campsites. All sites include a place for a tent or RV, a fire ring and picnic area. The campground also offers modern amenities like flush toilets, drinking water and dump stations, creating a comfortable camping experience.

Nearby Attractions:

Elkwallow Wayside is located just two miles away, offering camping supplies, restaurants and more.

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fire Rings
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Picnic Area
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • General Store
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Firewood
  • Laundry
  • Ranger Station
  • Restaurant
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):
38.76389, -78.2925
38°45'50"N, 78°17'33"W

From Washington, D.C. metro area, travel west on Interstate 66 to exit 43A. Take US Highway 29 South to Warrenton, Virginia, then take US Highway 211 west for 28 miles to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive Thornton Gap Entrance. Follow Skyline Drive north approximately 9 miles and turn left into Mathews Arm Campground.

From Richmond, Virginia area, travel north toward Fredericksburg on Interstate 95 approximately 55 miles to exit 130B for Highway 3 and Culpeper, Virginia. Take Highway 3 approximately 33 miles west to US Highway 15/522 north. Continue on 522 North approximately 20 miles to Sperryville. Turn left onto US Highway 211 West and follow 8 miles to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Thornton Gap Entrance. Follow Skyline Drive North approximately 9 miles and turn left into Mathews Arm Campground.

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