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Big Meadow Campground

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Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia. The Shenandoah River flows through the valley to the west, with Massanutten Mountain, 40 miles long, standing between the river’s north and south forks. The rolling Piedmont country lies to the east of the park. Skyline Drive, a 105-mile road that winds along the crest of the mountains through the length of the park, provides vistas of the spectacular landscape to east and west. The park holds more than 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Trails may follow a ridge crest, or they may lead to high places with panoramic views or to waterfalls in deep canyons. Many animals, including deer, black bears, and wild turkeys, flourish among the rich growth of an oak-hickory forest. In season, bushes and wildflowers bloom along the Drive and trails and fill the open spaces. Apple trees, stone foundations, and cemeteries are reminders of the families who once called this place home. Shenandoah National Park has many stories waiting to be told, and a world of beauty that can renew and bring peace to the spirit.



Phone: 800-999-4714

Other Phone: 540-999-3500

Fax: 540-999-3601

Camping Season: April - November


Amenities

  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi

Directions

Skyline Drive Mile Post 50 in the park.



Weather

Chance of a Thunderstorm
Sunday 04/30/2017 30%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late. High 87F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 05/01/2017 60%
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. A few storms may be severe. High 78F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Clear
Tuesday 05/02/2017 0%
Clear
Mainly sunny. High 76F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Clear
Wednesday 05/03/2017 0%
Clear
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High 74F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Rain
Thursday 05/04/2017 90%
Rain
Periods of rain. High 63F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.


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July 14, 2010

Big Meadows, their largest campground, is the earliest one to open its sites to campers. Lewis Mountain opens a bit later in April while Matthews Arm and Loft Mountain open late May. Needless to say, we were going to be there on the 26th come rain or shine. Unfortunately it ended up being more rain than shine; rain, wind, and below freezing temperatures to be precise. Apparently Mother Nature did not receive the memo about opening day, or maybe she chose to ignore it out of spite towards the average camper's lust for gas-guzzling, emission-belching, motor-vehicles. Whatever her motives were, the results were far from perfect. Friday made for a nice drive with sunny moments and highs in the 50s. Friday night temps dropped fast - warm around the fire, but our breath was visible even with 4 people inside our tent. Low of 29 degrees with rain starting around 5am - it was a very chilly night. Saturday we were debating sticking it out until the sun returned, but a park ranger informed us during breakfast that it would get worse before it got better - by breakfast we were the only campers left, so we felt well enough accomplished for the day.
We did however land a campsite right alongside the Appalachian Trail, which wasn't all that surprising seeing how very few people were competing for sites that weekend. Many of the areas had bear boxes and the bathhouse was a short walk away. Big Meadows is near mile 51 of the park and is close to many of the popular Shenandoah Hiking trails. It has around 200 sites and fills up quickly in the summer; only $20 per night.

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