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Most Recent Shenandoah National Park Camping Reviews
The most dismal KOA anywhere

Wow, what a depressing dump of a KOA. There are so few pluses and so many minuses. The pluses: Near a Publix, concrete pads and laundry. The minuses: Adjacent to a noisy major construction site, check in after hours at a shady gas station, muddy grounds, no security, terrible signage. Smell of raw sewage everywhere. Dark and dingy. Avoid.

Primitive and Quiet

Stayed here during the week and we were alone. Picnic/ pit toilet area separate from the camping area. Two things to note: this area is fairly low, and the road snd sites can easily be soaked, if not underwater after really heavy rains; there is no cell signal here (at least with Verizon as of 3/2020). Perfect for hammock camping. No fire rings just rocks others have arranged, plenty of hiking trails around as well.


Campground is No longer open

Absolutely stunning

Incredible views and worth the trip.


Absolutely beautiful campground. Not a lot of sites but very spacious. Private showers, no WiFi, firewood on site, lots of shade, trails and walking distance to the river. Highly recommended. Close access to Shenandoah National Park.

Wide open, clean, and close to SNP

This place was an awesome stay. Came here with the family one weekend in the fall and it was awesome. The sites were pretty big and had fire rings and picnic tables. There were also food lockers. The place is a group camping area, so we had like 15 people, but I think we coulda brought more. 

This campground was really awesome because it’s so close to the skyline drive and Shenandoah. We went on some awesome hikes while we were here. Check out rose river trail and bearfence mountain. Also went down to Charlottesville and visited beaver creek lake which was an cool little trip. 

Really this was just a great place to come with a bunch of your friends and family and just relax. October is definitely the best time to visit the park.

A little crowded/commercial

The only reason that I’m giving this place only three stars is because it’s not really the type of place I like to go to. It was a mostly RV campground with not a whole lot of spaces in between sites so pretty crowded. I actually ended up staying in one of their cabins, which wasn’t too expensive, around $60. That was pretty decent and clean enough. 

There’s also a pond for fishing, a pool, and playground which is nice for keeping everyone busy. Really a nice place overall just not my scene. 

We stayed here mostly for its proximity to the Old Rag and White Oak Canyon hikes. About 30 minutes away.We wanted to do old rag one day and white oak the next over a weekend. This was super fun an I definitely recommend both trails. They’re both right around 8 miles unless you get lost on white oak and go 12 miles like we did lol. The AT runs through there so make sure you’re on the right path.

Neat area in the woods

Didn't camp here, but checked it out with hopes we could boondock here in a small RV… nope, just tents. Very cool little area though, very connected to nature!

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Downey Meadow

Great place to camp for the Red Wing Root's music festival

Just beautiful!

It is rare that a campground is close to all the amenities it has to offer without moving your vehicle but Sherando Lakes is one of them. You can access two lakes and multiple hiking trails from any of the three loops. One lake (Upper Sherando) is for fishing only and the main lake is for swimming (in season) and fishing. We were there in October and the fall foliage was stunning. 

This campground gets five stars because of the awesome volunteer hosts. Ron started a fire for us while we were waiting for our firewood to be delivered (yes, you read that right!) and the next night, came over to our site bringing additional wood to keep our fire going long after we expected it to last. Gene and Deb were awesome in describing the trails to us. 

I was surprised to find showers and flush toilets in a National Forest Service Campground but Sherando had both. Also, if you stay in the B or C loops, there are electric hookups, something else I was surprised to see in a NFS campground. We stayed in the A loop (no hookups) and this loop is more suitable for tents, but we were fine in our 17-foot campervan. The tent pads are large and flat. These spaces might be tight for larger RVs. If you have young kiddos, the C loop is closest to the playground. Sites are generously sized and have good separation. Firepit, large picnic table, lantern hook and what I’m guessing was a food prep “counter” This was awesome to be able to put our camp stove on and something I have never seen before. 

LOVED this campground, the hikes, and awesome volunteer hosts.