Shenandoah National Park Big Meadows Campground
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Address: Skyline Drive, Stanley, Virginia 22851
GPS: 38.52853, -78.438893
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Local Directions: From Washington, D.C., metro area, travel west on Interstate 66 to exit 43A. Take US Highway 29 south to Warrenton, Virginia, then merge onto US Highway 211 west to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive Thornton Gap Entrance. Take Skyline Drive south approximately 19 miles and turn right into the Big Meadows area. Follow the signs to Big Meadows Campground. From Richmond, Virginia area, travel west on Interstate 64 to exit 136 for Zion Crossroads, Virginia. Take exit to US Highway 15 North, then turn onto US Highway 33 west and follow 28 miles to the Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, Swift Run Gap Entrance. Take Skyline Drive North approximately 15 miles and turn left into the Big Meadows area.

Contact Information
Local Phone: 1-540-999-3500
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-444-6777

March to November
Check In: 12 PM
Check Out: 12 PM

170 RV Sites, 221 Tent Sites, 2 Group Sites, 221 No Hookup

Daily Rates: $30.00

Facilities & Services
Bathhouse / Restrooms, Dump Station, Groceries, Hot Showers, Laundry, Propane, Water Spigots (non site)

Biking, Hiking

All Ages, Pet Restrictions

Max RV Length 100 ft
Group Camps

Each group camp can accommodate 7-15 campers and 3 vehicles. Fee is $75/night.
Total Sites221
RV Sites170
Tent Sites221
Group Sites2
Max RV Length100 ft
No Hookup (221)
Rental Units
Sites Miscellaneous
Facilities and Services
  Hours Description Fees
Bathhouse / Restrooms  
Camping Supplies  
Dump Station   seasonal
Firewood   seasonal
Flush Toilets   seasonal
Gift Shop   nearby
Groceries   seasonal
Handicap Facilities  
Hot Showers   seasonal Fee Applies
Ice   seasonal
Laundry   seasonal
Pay Phone  
Restaurant   Big Meadows Lodge and Restaurant
Water Spigots (non site)  
  Hours Description Fees
Bird Watching  
Hiking   Appalachian Trail
Wildlife Watching   Black Bears, Deer, Skunks, Raccoons


Average Rating
3.7 star rating
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4 star rating
Don’t pass this one by
December 1, 2017
Most recent stay was June 23-June 26, 2017. We camped in a little rig, Tear Drop style RV, only 15' long w/o toilet or shower. We like to eat outdoors using the picnic table and set up our dining canopy for sun and weather protection. We rely on condition of campground's facilities near our site, so our critique is focused in that area.

We had reservations in Big Meadow Campground [recommended] and our site B107 was very close to the restroom [several placed throughout the camp]. It had flush toilets, sinks with luke warm water, and electrical outlets. The showers [private lockable rooms] were further away. The only one in camp near the entrance in vicinity of the check-in ranger station. Restrooms were cleaned twice a day [am/pm] but showers once daily [am] and they ran out of hot water every night due to full campground. It's best to take showers early am and bring extra quarters in case you can’t finish in allotted time. Each shower room was cheery and bright with modern fixtures. The walls and floors were full on tiled, had a bench and ample # of hooks for towel and clothes, but no rubber mats to keep feet dry when toweling off. Overall still a good experience using both facilities.

All roadways and sites are paved with mostly level sites though some are not and you’ll need blocks. This is a dry campground (no hookups) although there is ample # of water spigots near all restrooms.

We stayed here in a Teardrop Trailer.
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3 star rating
Great spot for chilling
Bob Vaughn
January 30, 2014
When stationed in Washington DC, we would leave after work on Friday and go to Big Meadow. We would only go in the winter when it was not open and the water was off. There was no fee and no grass. There were no tourists so we would have the park to ourselves. One winter we ran out of propane and was very cold. We were newlyweds then so we had our love to keep us warm. Our little dog would always let us know when there was a deer near by.

We stayed here in a Truck Camper.
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4 star rating
Big Meadows
October 17, 2009
We were here for 4 days in June '09, no hookups, but there are water spigots & bathrooms throughout the CG, showers are pay showers, and a dump station. There is a store/ restaurant, gas station and museum at the entrance.
We had one of the largest sites i've ever seen, we have a 30ft Class C with dolly & toad, and could have still put another rig the same size in front of it.
Most sites are wooded, lots of tent sites which include "bear boxes" at each one.
For those that aren't into Camping, there is a Lodge, and cabins.
A Great place to stay while touring or hiking Skyline Dr.
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