Big Meadows Campground in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia is centrally located in the park with easy access right off of the famous Skyline Drive. This front country campground is near the lodge, store, and attractions within the park.
Big Meadows Campground - Shenandoah National Park
Camping in Big Meadows Campground is the perfect way to enjoy a vacation in Shenandoah NP. There is a paved road and parking pads for each campsite, the sites are shaded, and well maintained.
We were really impressed with how nice the campsites were and how close the campground is to everything in the park.
Number of Sites: 221
Location in the park: centrally located in Shenandoah National Park
Campsite Cost: $20 for standard campsites, $40 for group sites
Senior/Access Camping Fee: Holders of Interagency Senior and Access passes are eligible for a 50% discount on their camping fee.
Park Entrance Fees: $30 for a 7 day vehicle pass.
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The park pass covers everyone in the car for per vehicle sites and for up to 4 adults for per-person sites.
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Reservations: Yes, starting in early May there is a combination of first come first serve and reservation sites.
Campground Address: 304 Big Meadows Access Road, Robertson, VA, 22851
38° 31' 43.0298" N
78° 26' 19.4100" W
Accessible Sites: Seven accessible sites are available at Big Meadows Campground. Showers and laundry facilities are also wheelchair accessible.
Pets Allowed: Yes, Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.
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In early spring, Big Meadows Campground operates on a first-come-first-serve basis, only. Beginning in early May, there is a combination of sites offered through reservations and on a first-come-first-serve basis.
168 sites are reservable, 53 sites are first come first served.
Are campground Reservations Available? Yes, there are also first come first served sites
Phone Number? 877-446-6777
How Far Ahead can you make a reservation? 6 months
First Come, First Served? Yes
Dump Station: There is a dump station a ¼ mile from the campground.
Bear Boxes: Yes, Most sites had bear boxes. Black Bears are common in the park so you want to make sure to secure your food at all times.
Flush Toilets: Yes
Is wifi available? No
Is cellular Phone Service Available? Yes, we had 5G service with T-Mobile in the campground
Is camp host available on site? Yes
Is firewood available for purchase? To help slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, visitors must only use USDA-certified firewood (signified by the USDA stamp on packaging), which can be purchased in the Park.
You can purchase firewood at the store just down the road.
Amenities at each campsite:
Fire pit in the site? Yes
Picnic Table in the site? Yes
Potable Water? Yes
RV Camping at Big Meadows Campground
Big Meadows Campground features pull-through and deep back-in sites which can handle most RVs and a tow vehicle.
Generators: Generators may be used from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
From October 15 through the end of the season, generator hours are extended to 9 p.m. for the purpose of generating heat.
Generator use is prohibited in sites designated as “generator-free” and in group sites.
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How to get to Campground
The maximum number of people in a campsite: 6
Checkout time: 12 pm
Quiet Hours: 10 pm to 6 am
Stay Limit: 30 days
use of charcoal grills is prohibited.
Big Meadows Campground Map
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Lodging near Shenandoah National Park
Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Center - At Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Conference Ctr, you can look forward to a terrace, a coffee shop/café, and dry cleaning/laundry services. The onsite restaurant, Montpelier Restaurant, features brunch and happy hour. In addition to a fireplace in the lobby and a bar, guests can connect to free in-room Wi-Fi.
The Blackburn Inn - At The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center, you can look forward to a grocery/convenience store, a terrace, and shopping on site. Treat yourself to reflexology, a Swedish massage, or a manicure/pedicure at The Spa at the Blackburn, the onsite spa. Be sure to enjoy a meal at Second Draft, the onsite restaurant. In addition to a coffee shop/café and a garden, guests can connect to free in-room Wi-Fi.
Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg - At Clarion Pointe Harrisonburg, you can look forward to a free breakfast buffet, a terrace, and a garden. In addition to dry cleaning/laundry services and a 24-hour gym, guests can connect to free in-room Wi-Fi.
The Village Inn Harrisonburg - A playground, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour gym are just a few of the amenities provided at The Village Inn Harrisonburg. The onsite restaurant, The Village Inn, features southern cuisine. Stay connected with free in-room Wi-Fi, and guests can find other amenities such as a business center.
Doubletree by Hilton Harrisonburg - Take advantage of dry cleaning/laundry services, a bar, and a gym at Doubletree by Hilton Harrisonburg. Free Wi-Fi in public areas is available to all guests, along with a 24-hour business center and a restaurant.
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Additional Shenandoah Resources
Shenandoah Lodging Guide
Things to do in Shenandoah NP
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