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Mathews Arm Campground

Mile 22.1 Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, VA
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to MUCH better campgrounds run by the NPS. The sites are close together and it's pretty much a set up your tent wherever you feel like it at your site. There is a picnic table and fire slab for grilling. We stayed here as a place to sleep while hiking/climbing in the park for 2 days, so... More 

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Greenbush, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent two nights here. Compared to Big Meadows and Loft Mountain, Mathews Arm is more crowded - less spacious sites. Friday night the camp was not full, Saturday night it was - more people walking by, folks talking later into the night. But for $15/night? You cannot beat it. Restrooms are near and clean. We had plenty of room... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very nice campground to take kids and for families, but I would not recommend for couples seeking solitude. There are kids everywhere starting at sunrise which is great for families with children. There are no showers. There are some nice hikes nearby. The nearby waterfall hike is much better in the spring and a trickle in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Went for a quick 2-night camping/hike/sightseeing around the Shenandoah area and stayed in one of the non-generator sites. The campsite was clean and well kept, and the bathrooms clean compared to other non-private campgrounds I've been to. The tent pad was nice and neat, and the fire pit was well kept, also. Frequent patrols from the camp hosts and the... More 

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We pulled into the park at 8pm and the ranger pointed us to Matthews arm Campground - should still be a lot of sites available. We got there and selected a site without a problem. However, we had two tents and there wasn't really enough room (B83). We managed it though. The facilities were clean and convenient. We wished we... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

One couple made woopie at 2am, 20 campsites discussed hearing it over coffee in the morning. Seems some of the children thought it had been a racoon. Point being, the campsites are quite close together. Good for a get together or boyscout troop. Not so great if you're trying to get away from it all. We went because they accept... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

My wife and I stayed here to watch the leaves change and hike to Overall Run Falls. Being the northern most campsite on Skyline drive, they still had sites available and are also conveniently located just a couple miles away from Elkwallow Wayside (which carries supplies and has a small restaurant inside). Check in was very easy since we booked... More 

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Quantico, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We wanted to come see Shenandoah so we decided to camp here. Our spot was at the end of a row so we had plenty of privacy. There are some trails that start at or near this campground but not many that allowed dogs so we ended up driving the next day to see more of the park and find... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This campground is empty when the park is empty and it is full when the park is full. Anyone who came to a developed campground and expected a secluded weekend is foolish beyond belief. If you want to the campground to be empty then come when the park is empty. If you want secluded then you backpack to the back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

One of the reviews said that there was a lot of security and they felt like they were spied on. Those security officers were park police and if they didn't want to be spied upon then they should light their weed up somewhere else.

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