Myself and two others stayed at this campground this past weekend. A handful of sites can be booked online via www.recreation.gov. Although we reserved a site online we switched after finding a better spot. Here follows a few of my observations that might be helpful.
Many sites on the inner loops that are closer to the restrooms have small well trod paths leading there which makes them much less private as everyone tends to use them. I noticed that the sites on the right of the entrance tended to be closer together. The sites from C173 -C169 I would say are perfect for star gazing but bear in mind that they can become hot during the day as there is not much shade. Otherwise most sites seem to have ample shade.
Although the campground was full it still was quiet and relaxing. I would recommend the sites that are generator free for the most peace and quiet.
The restrooms are not the best. It would be great if they could update them even a little. The closest showers are at Big Meadows which is about 30 miles down Skyline. It takes you about 1 hr to drive there so you need to be desperate for a shower to make the trip!
There is a small campstore at Elk Wallow (they close at 7pm)which is only 2 miles away from the campground where you can buy ice and firewood and probably anything small you have forgotten.
So enough about the campground. The setting is wonderful! Being so high up in the mountains is truly magnificent. Dont forget something warm as the wind can be chilly. The campground is central to many hiking trails.
I would recommend taking the Knob mountain trail to the cutoff trail, up to elkwallow and then back to the campground. Its about 5 miles and not too demanding. Apparently the bears like the Knobb Mountain area which proved to be true as we saw one scampering down from a tree!
In a nutshell I would recommend camping here, I definitely intend to do so again before winter comes along!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A campground with no showers. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mathews Arm Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park