This was our first time taking our little 3 year old camping and was long past due. We booked a site over 4th of July weekend, so we were pleased to find this place wasn't booked to capacity. Check in took about 20 minutes, and then we found our spot very close to the front.
We soon realized that there were other campsites available that were a lot more private (we were literally 5 feet away from the tent at the neighboring campsite) so even though we had already put up our tent and unloaded the car, we walked everything around the corner to the next site which was MUCH more private. With a little kid running around, I was too paranoid about disturbing the neighbors so this put me at ease.
It was pleasantly cool, and we didn't encounter any mosquitoes. But there were flies in abundance. Perhaps it was our location?
We enjoyed the short walk to a beautiful look-out point over the valley where we watched the sunset. The whole campsite seemed very clean and well maintained.
I appreciated the flushing toilets and sinks. Growing up in Utah, our campsites in the mountains were always portable toilets so this was a nice change. The camp store was also helpful. Sure, some things were a little pricy, but the hot dogs and buns were actually cheaper than what I had paid at the food lion. They also have a four pack of marshmallow roasters for $3 that came in handy when we realized we left ours behind. I really liked having access to ice while camping too.
My one main complaint was that I wish we had a better fire pit. It was just a slab on concrete, and we had to create a makeshift wind barrier with cardboard to finally get our fire going. An actual pit would have been nice.
Over all we had a good experience. I liked the grassy sites, which left our tent and shoes clean. The bathrooms weren't too far and everyone seemed to be polite and quiet. Next time we'll probably try to find a spot that is even more secluded, but our neighbors weren't much of a bother at all. Great camping!
- Also Known As:
- Loft Mountain Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park