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Camp Rapidan

Address: Skyline Drive, Milepost 51, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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English first
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a beautiful "camp," where President Hoover got away from the pressures of Washington. We visited in late October, so the ranger tour was not available (nor the bus) so we hiked in and out. It took us about one hour fifty minutes each way, and we took our lunch and drinks with us. Along the way, there are... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It's a 2 mile each way walk to get to the camp but worth it for the history behind what conversations might have happened here between Hoover and his visitors.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
37 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

President Herbert Hoover created this as his Presidential mountain getaway as much as Camp David serves our current presidents. The site had to have met a number of requirements to include physical distance, travel time and security. Add to this trout fishing since President Hoover was an avid fly fisherman. When hiking from the Skyline Drive starting at the Milam... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

When we went there were tour guides. The tour guides can let you into and give you a tour of Hoover's summer house. If the guides are not there it may not ne worth the hike.

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Arlington, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This is a fairly easy hike, although some sections are steep. At the bottom, you are rewarded with the Presidential and Prime Minister houses and many historical plaques. If you want to tour the houses, check before you hike down since they are not open year-round and not every day. Even if the houses are not open, there is enough... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Fun hike down, interesting to see. rough going back up the trial, maybe plan to make a loop of it up the access road if the climb back up is too much.

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Herndon, Virginia
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56 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My dad and I wanted to go fly fishing in Shenandoah, and lo and behold, we shared that desire with President Hoover! Apparently he was instrumental in getting the park made because he wanted a presidential retreat where he could go fishing. The camp is mostly intact and makes for a great exhibit. The trail itself is pretty, if fairly... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

long hike in and out but worth the historical significance. the volunteer tour guide was very thorough and insightful. the buildings are extremely interesting with the furnishings. there are a few ways to get to the camp, but anyway you look at it it is a 3-4 hour round trip but worth the exertion.

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Brighton, Michigan
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Do you know anything about Herbert Hoover, if not this is a good place to learn about this amazing man and his exceptional wife. We don't hear much about this couple now a days, but we should. The story of their life is amazing. The prime minister cabin is very nice and so is he presidents cabin. The NPS has... More 

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