Matthews Arm

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Matthews Arm is one of the three main campgrounds in Shenandoah National Park. Big Meadows is the biggest and most popular, but because of this it often fills up the quickest on weekends with lovely weather. Loft Mountain is much further south in the Park. Matthews Arm is well situated for anyone wanting to do a good deal of hiking. Some of the hikes are a bit of a drive from the grounds, but there are a few that can be accessed by foot from the site (overall Run Falls-the tallest waterfall in the park- being one of them). Matthews Arm has no showers, but there is access to potable water and toilets/sinks. All food needs to be properly stored in a bear proof container or disposed of in a labeled campground dumpster. Sites range from rocky and hilly to flat and grassy. Each site has room for 2 tents, 6 people, and 2 vehicles (including RV) and has a picnic table and fire ring. There are no electric or water hookups.

Phone: (540-999-3132)

Check-out Time: 12pm noon

Latitude/Longitude: 38.76389 , -78.2925

Total Sites: 178

Camping Season: Mid-May through October


  • 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


From Washington, D.C. Metro Area Travel west on Interstate 66 to exit 43A (32 miles). Take US Highway 29 South to Warrenton, Virginia (11 miles). Take US Highway 211 West to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive Thornton Gap Entrance (28 miles). Take Skyline Drive north approximately 9 miles and turn left into Mathews Arm Campground.

Reservation Info

About 25% of the campsites can be reserved in advance. The remainder are available on a first come, first served basis for those entering the park without reservations. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance but no later than 2 days before the campsites are needed. Reservations can be made at, or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Sites are $15/night.

Campground Rules

Cancellation Policy

Camping fees are not refundable and stays are limited to 30 consecutive days per year.


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