Perched on top of Big Flat Mountain, this is one of the largest campgrounds in the park. Loft Mountain is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, providing a wilderness getaway in the historic Virginia mountains.
Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or lookout, while others wind deep into the forest and wilderness.
Trails to the Big Run Wilderness area are accessible from the campground, and pristine waterfalls are a common site along the popular trails.
Wildlife viewing is also a popular pastime, with black bears, wild turkey, deer, birds and countless other animals abundant across the park.
The campground is located right off of Milepost 80 on the famous Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stunning views are available from any of the 75 scenic overlooks.
This expansive campground offers 200 campsites, as well as modern conveniences like flush toilets, water and dump station, which create a comfortable camping experience. Pay showers nearby at the campstore.
Shenandoah National Park includes 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southern Appalachians. The park rises above the Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west. Loft Mountain's location on the mountain top offers easy access to Skyline Drive which offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding rolling hills and open meadows.
Two visitor centers with bookstores and exhibits are located in the park (milepost 5 and milepost 51). There are concession managed restaurants, gift shops and lodging facilities scattered throughout the park.
Charges & Cancellations
Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of arrival date only incur a $10 transaction fee. Within 48 hours, $10 and the first night's fee are charged
ADA Access: N
Beautiful spot on to of a bald. Good amount of tree coverage from rain/other groups. Some of the tent sites are close to neighbors, but we made friends! No more than 5 minute walk to bathrooms and water source. Would highly recommend!
Loft Mountain is made for car campers, backpackers, distance bikers, and anyone who wants just basic stuff and then be left alone!
The cost is amazing! Only $15.00 per night ($7.50 for a Senior Pass Holder!) which is a throw back to the olden days for sure.
I didn't get a very warm welcome here, but rather a semi-rude ranger who seemed put out with the registration process. During my professional career, I realized that sarcasm is not a good way to make friends and influence enemies! Once registered, I never spoke to another staff member, which was OK with me.
Keep in mind that this campground is at a high elevation so things don't dry too quickly in the morning after a rainy night.
I enjoyed my stay here and would return because of the number of sites that are first come first served… no reservation needed!
Overall, a good camping experience.
Stayed here for the first time this weekend at F-173. The sites were fairly close, but separated by trees, so you felt private. You could hear people on the other side of the trees, but no one was loud and it was very quiet and peaceful at night! Some sites are more private than others, so do a little scouting if that’s what you want! The nearby camp store had all the necessities. Lots of hiking along skyline drive, and a few trails around the campground. When we woke up on the morning we were checking out, we didn’t want to leave! Definitely coming back soon!
I stayed at Loft Mountain in late October of 2019. The campground was not very crowded, but not empty either. This is a large campground, IIRC 200+ sites, so manage your expectations about "getting away from it all", but the campsites generally looked fairly private, although to a greater or lesser degree depending on which site you get.
I had no real complaints about this site other than that it is too large and not private enough for my taste.
Sitting on top of a mountain with the Appalachian Trail wrapped around you, cant go wrong. Full service amenities available.
I’ve been to loft mountain a few times over the years. The overall area is great. It’s right off the AT so there a bunch of trails and it’s not too far away from Big Meadow if you wanted to take a short drive. I would recommend booking in advance to get the best sites right off the trail. A lot of the sites can be close to on another, but if you can get 10-13, those are the most secluded.
We did not have a reservation and were lucky to get a site. It is a large campground with 200 sites for RV's & tent campers. The site we had was primitive, no water or electric, but had a picnic table, fire ring, & a bear box. Although the sites were close, they were situated to maximize privacy. The campgrounds had plenty of restrooms with flush toilets & sinks. The camp store has laundry facilities and showers that you must pay for, $1.75 for 5 minutes. The grounds and facilities are very clean. An added bonus, you can access the Appalachian Trail right from the campgrounds that provides amazing views
Loft is my favorite out of the campgrounds I’ve visited in the Shenandoah National Park. I’ve been Big Meadows and Lewis, but never to Matthew’s Arm. No reservations here, so you have to get lucky. But if you do and get a good site, it’s so going to be worth it. We had a site where you park at the top of a hill and hike down a slightly steepish hill to the site. It was shady, wooded, private, and quiet. There were a few sites beside us, but spaced nicely apart. The best tent views are the ones with no cars and bathhouses and this campground definitely gives you that. This one also provides bear boxes for food.
Favorite mini-hike nearby: Black Rock Summit (see photos). Beautiful views of the park, easy (the whole loop is less than a mile with just 175ft. of elevation gain), kid-friendly, and pet-friendly.
Large ample sights with views at or near sights. Lots of options! We will return!
I’ll admit, I was slightly skeptical booking this place. I don’t really dig large group areas and car camping much anymore… but this place was pretty cool. We got a walk in site, so our tent was way far away from cars and other people. The site included a fire pit w/grill grate, picnic table, and metal bear box. We did have any neighboring campers that we could see or hear, just a few groups off in the distance. There was a convenience camp store that came in super handy. It also offered showers (for $1.75), laundry, and hot coffee, among other things. The campsite was tucked between some really nice hiking areas, so we didn’t have to go far to check stuff out. I absolutely approve of this place. Recommended.