Lots of cool trails to explore around there
We stayed in October in the middle of the week and had a section of the tent camping all to ourselves. Our site was a walk in so there was a bear locker that was extremely helpful to keep our stuff dry with the rain. We read that there were spectacular views, but the views were little peeps of mountain between all of the trees. There were a handful of sites that had a little better view, but I was expecting it to look like an overlook and was disappointed. The bathrooms were immaculate for a campground as well as the laundry facility(great when you have wet gear!). The campstore was well stocked with food to cook, beer/wine, souvenirs, and camp gear. There is also a wayside by the entrance to the campground that has another store and lunch counter.
Tent-camped here with a group of friends, and the site was plenty large enough for 2 tents, a makeshift tarp shelter, and vehicle. We ended up getting rained out, unfortunately, but not before we got to do a little hiking and relaxing by the fire :) Beautiful area, with lots of great hiking trails right near the campground.
Liked this campground a lot, while not as intimate as Lewis Mountain, with a couple hundred sites you can luck out. While there are awesome "hike in" tent sites some of them are a little hard to determine if someone's already down there occupying them (See photo) and you may have to basically walk through someone else's site to get to yours. Saying that a lot of these sites are actually pretty nicely spaced out from each other, especially the pull through and back-in. There was a nice amount of Ranger presence as you saw them drive through every so often, so most people seemed to be following the "rules" pretty well. (or at least i didn't witness anything like at Lewis mountain)
We were a little worried before we went through after reading some recent reviews where people were complaining about super high grass and ticks, but we found neither of these to be an issue during our visit.
You will want to make sure and know where the bathhouses are ahead of time if you think you might head there after dark as they are all a little hidden away and so you will want to make sure you know where you're going initially. Although once you find it they are nicely maintained and very clean despite the large number of people using them.
Depending on where you are, the campstore can be a nice long hike in of itself. This is the only location with showers (pay) and while there are a good number, can still get pretty busy with the large number of possible campers.
Like the other campgrounds you have "easy" access to the AT, but unlike the other sites, you kind of have to walk through the "hike in" tent sites which some people might not mind doing, but I felt bad…..
The cool part about visiting Shenandoah is nobody has really caught on to how neat the park really is. It sees the least amount of tourists per year, which is a shame, but also allows you to pretty much own the park while you're here!
I've stayed in every Campground at least once here- and I can now honestly say that Loft is the one I will exclusively be setting up at from now on. They have the mountain views, the option of total seclusion or more accessible spots, and some really clean showers and bathrooms. The sites are cheap enough along with being pretty large.
The only negative thing I would have to say is the picnic tables were totally rotted out- but we brought a table cloth to hide it and there were rangers inspecting the tables while we were there to replace them- so this shouldn't be a problem for long.
Our site backed right up to the apalachian trail. There were some extremely breathtaking places to watch the sunset (west facing makes for less impressive sunrises, but we take what we can get.) and you could also walk to quite a few hikes without much trouble!
Showers are hot and steamy- and will only cost you 1.75. The wood is freakishly expensive at 7 bucks a bundle- but you're not allowed to bring wood from other places so it's just one of those things.
Loved my stay at the park as usual- even got to see a few bears lumber through our campsite!
When we go camping here it is always like a second home. Everyone is always so kind. There are tons of trails all around. They have a camp store within grounds and a wayside just outside of grounds.
The family just returned from 3 days hidden away at Loft Mountain. My daughter picked site A33g since it was secluded and we were unlikely to have neighbors during our midweek visit. It was a bit of a walk through lush greenery from the car to the tent site, but once there, you really feel like you are the only humans on the mountain. Our site was flat and spacious with a sturdy picnic table and large fire ring with adjustable height grill. Restrooms were adequate and just over a 5 minute walk. There is even a camp store and new shower facility a short car ride away. We were certainly surprised to have a deer family joun us during dinner. The mountain remained fogged in for most of our stay, but hikes on the AT and Doyles Falls were stunning. Highly recommend this spot!
Ideal car camping spot. Much more secluded/wooded between camping spots than many east coast parks camping sites. Great views within 10-15 minute hike.