SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. — Where should I stay during my Shenandoah National Park vacation? Fortunately, there are an abundance of lodging opportunities both inside the park and in the communities surrounding the park. Within the park, you can choose from historic lodges with modern conveniences to rustic cabins with clean towels and quiet nights.
Skyland Resort is nestled (mile 42) at Skyline Drive’s highest elevation – 3,680 feet. This 16-acre resort property is located at the crest, offering a variety of accommodations in an inspiring national park setting. The Shenandoah River, Shenandoah Valley, George Washington National Forest and Piedmont Region are all close by. Lodging accommodations range from small, rustic cabins to comfortable traditional and preferred rooms to suites with fireplaces. Pet-friendly rooms are available. While there are no in-room phones, cell service is available depending on your provider. Free Wi-Fi is available in the lobby of Skyland’s registration and dining room buildings. The Mountain Taproom and gift shop are also located in the dining room building. Free, family-friendly entertainment is presented nightly. For more information or to book your stay, visit GoShenandoah.
Big Meadows Lodge is located one mile from the large, grassy meadow (mile 51) on Skyline Drive. Lodging accommodations range from small, rustic cabins and main lodge rooms to comfortable traditional and preferred rooms. Pet-friendly rooms are available. While there are no in-room phones, cell service is available depending on your provider. Free Wi-Fi is available in the main lodge building. The Spottswood Dining Room, New Market Taproom, and Craft Shop are located in the main lodge building. Free, family-friendly entertainment is presented nightly. For more information or to book your stay, visit GoShenandoah.
Glamping / Cabins
Lewis Mountain Cabins (mile 57.5) With the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding you, both in vista and mood, these historic, furnished cabins perfectly reflect the easy, Appalachian attitude that defines the Shenandoah National Park experience. Lewis Mountain Cabins offer bathrooms, electric lighting, heat, towels, and linens. Gather by the fire of sheltered outdoor grill pits and serve sizzling BBQ at the picnic tables with each cabin. Guests provide their own cooking utensils, food, and coolers for food, as there is no refrigeration. For more information or to book your stay, visit GoShenandoah.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (an authorized park concessioner), maintains six locked, primitive cabins in the park. The cabins are equipped with mattresses, blankets, and cookware. A pit toilet and spring water are nearby. To get information or to make reservations, call PATC at (703) 242-0693 or (703) 242-0315; or write to PATC, 118 Park Street, SE, Vienna, VA 22180. Visit PATC online.
Mathews Arm Campground: Mathews Arm (mile 22.1) is the nearest campground for those entering the park from the north. It is next to a nature trail and the trail to Overall Run Falls, the tallest waterfall in the park. Elkwallow Wayside, with camping supplies and food service, is two miles away. $15 per night. Generator-free and group sites available.
Big Meadows Campground: Big Meadows (mile 51.2), though secluded, is near many of the major facilities and popular hiking trails in the park. Three waterfalls are within walking distance; the Meadow, with its abundant plant growth and wildlife, close by. $20 per night when on the reservation system and $17 per night during late spring and early fall. Generator-free and group sites are available.
Lewis Mountain Campground: Lewis Mountain (mile 57.5), the smallest campground in the park, appeals to those who want a little more privacy without venturing deep into the backcountry, yet it is within seven miles of the popular Big Meadows area. 31 sites; $15 per night, first-come, first-serve only.
Loft Mountain Campground: Loft Mountain (mile 79.5), the largest campground in the park, sits atop Big Flat Mountain with outstanding views to east and west. Two waterfalls and the trails into the Big Run Wilderness area are nearby. $15 per night. Generator-free and group sites available.
More information on campgrounds at Shenandoah National Park is available from the NPS.
In addition, there are a wide variety of lodging options available in the gateway communities surrounding the park. For more information what to see and do in the gateway communities, visit this page.