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 location, though the sites are fairly small and close together. We stayed on the F loop, which was non-electric but roomier with more privacy. Don't plan on being able to gather dry wood for an easy fire; it rains frequently on the mountain and things tend to stay damp for a while. Showers are coin operated and there's a change machine nearby. The camp store was pretty decent and staff members were extraordinarily friendly.
We visited in early June. It's a large campground, with a mix of tent campers and rv's. When we arrived, we opted for the more secluded tent camping sites towards the back of the campground. While we were happy with our chosen site, what we should have done was snagged one of the spots on the western edge of the campground, which backs up against the AT and an incredible view of the sunset. Even if you don't opt for one of those sites, do yourself a favor and head over there in the evening to watch the sun go down.
It’s has small sites, great for tent camping, but not great for a fifth wheel. Bath houses are available and a small amp store.great for overnight camping and some bear coolers are available.
Great campground! My only suggestion would be to either do some research or if you can, pick your spot on arrival. Some sites are much more flat than others. I stayed in G loop near the bathrooms. There’s also a utility sink for doing a final rinse of dishes. The camp store is amazing. They truly have everything from ice cream to coffee to hiking poles to sweatshirts. If you forget anything they’ve got it. Firewood is sold there for $7 a bundle in a decent size. The AT is about half a mile from the campground. The bathrooms were always clean. Portable water is available in several locations. The hike in sites in A loop have much nicer views and a much higher level of privacy. They’re only a few paces from the AT. Site A14 and A15 are near the best sweeping views. Overall I would 100% go back. I loved the hiking and amenities offered, I would just try to choose a flatter site. There are garbage and recycling dumpsters available as well.
Me and my best friend decided to head here over the weekend and we're not disappointed! We were able to find a nice spot to set up my Tentsile tent and enjoyed food cooked over the fire and hammocked and hiked all weekend long! The hike we chose was the perfect distance and great one to break in the summer hikes. The weather was nice and cool in the evenings (in May) and only sprinkled a little at night. But we kept nice and dry! The sites are close, but you feel like you have your own special spot without being disturbed by others. The restrooms were in great shape as well. I would definitely go again!
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!