We checked in on the Wednesday before the 4th of July holiday. All of the reserved areas were booked and it was first come first served for a campsite. It was no problem getting one but by the holiday, the campground was at capacity and they were turning people away. The rangers at check-in were very friendly and brought the national parks senior pass to our attention and after purchasing one, got half off the $15 a night camping fee. The campground quiet hours begin at 10pm and the "campground hosts" are very diligent in friendly ways to be sure everyone respects these rules. Specific times for use of generators are established and we did not hear any generators running outside of those times. The restrooms were very clean and the shower water was hot. The staff at the camp store were also very friendly and helpful with advice about local area shopping. We found the closest Walmart is in Ruckersville, about 15 miles north on Skyline Dr. from the campground and then about 12 miles east on Rt. 33. One note of interest is that if you purchase a bag of firewood from the camp store, choose a bag from the bottom if possible that might have been on the shelf a little longer than ones on top. I took one from the top and found later that the wood was wet and was hard to start a fire. Our camp site was very private. Even when the campground was filled, we could not see another campsite from ours. Not all sites are that private but many are and have lots of wooded area to make them that way. There is a short trail from the campground that leads to the AT and we met and talked to a few thru-hikers. A great campground and we will return.
- Also Known As:
- Loft Mountain Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park