Loft Mountain Campground

Grottoes, Virginia 24441

Loft Mountain Campground

Loft Mountain Campground Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Loft Mountain Campground is located just off Skyline Drive in the southern section of Shenandoah National Park at mile 79.5. It is unique among the park’s other campgrounds in that it is located at the top of Big Flat Mountain. As a result, there are great east and west panoramic views of the neighboring peaks, valley, and piedmont from this 3,400-foot perch. Another unusual feature at Loft Mountain Campground is the absence of mature, lofty hardwood trees that populate most of Shenandoah National Park.

This mountaintop was once pastureland, so instead of trees there is an abundance of thick, low-growing shrubbery. This offers a considerable degree of privacy between campsites, and the dense vegetation diminishes the feeling of being crowded at Skyline Drive’s largest campground, which contains 201 sites. Loft Mountain Campground is the southernmost of Shenandoah’s campgrounds and is the ideal base from which to explore this end of the national park."

Loft Mountain Campground Trip Reports

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A lovely little state campground set on the banks of Otter Creek. We played in the creek for hours with our 4 year old and found lots of animal diversity among its waters. Trout, crayfish, newts, frogs, toads, snakes, etc. Lots of exploring fun.

The campground is right on the Blue Ridge Pkway so you do get some roadway noise, but it was not too bad. No showers and no water/electric hookups. Campsites are pretty close together but we went during the week and had very few neighbors.

Otter Creek trail starts at the campground and was a pleasant hike along the creek's banks passing back and forth beneath the Blue Ridge Pkwy via beautiful stone tunnels beneath the bridges.

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Weather dependent; early spring–late autumn

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