Rapidan Camp Loop

Charlottesville, Virginia 22911

Rapidan Camp Loop

Rapidan Camp Loop Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Follow the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) over Hazeltop, the third-highest peak in Shenandoah National Park, and then trace attractive Laurel Prong Trail down to Rapidan Camp, the woodland getaway for President Herbert Hoover.

The camp has much to see; you can even embark on a self-guided interpretive tour. Note the preponderance of apple trees in this area. Bears gorge on them in fall.The trail grade is nearly level, but it rises slightly on a slowly narrowing ridge. At points, the A.T. is arrow straight. Note the trailside upthrust rocks."

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Hiking through History Virginia (Falcon Guides)
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"This hike takes you to the mountain camp established by President Herbert Hoover in 1929. Created as a presidential retreat, the collection of buildings at the confluence of Mill Prong and Laurel Prong has been preserved, and you can see the Brown House, where President and Mrs. Hoover stayed while here, as well as other buildings and sites where world leaders were hosted, world problems tackled, and a little trout fishin’ was undertaken as well. This circuit hike first takes you over Hazeltop, the third-highest peak at Shenandoah National Park, then uses the Laurel Prong Trail to access Rapidan Camp, the highland getaway for President Herbert Hoover (1929–33). The camp has much to see; you can even embark on a self-guided interpretive tour." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
6 hours
3,265 feet
Trailhead Elevation
3,812 feet
Top Elevation
Shenandoah National Park: 540-999-3500, nps.gov/shen
Local Contacts
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Map 10 AT and other trails in Shenandoah National Park Central District; Trails Illustrated Map #228 Shenandoah National Park; USGS Big Meadows and USGS Fletcher
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Dec 2018