Big Meadows Campground

Shenandoah, Virginia 22849

Big Meadows Campground

Big Meadows Campground Professional Review and Guide

"Big Meadows is Shenandoah National Park’s largest treeless area, encompassing a barren plateau that is approximately 640 acres. It’s believed that American Indians cleared the area to create favorable grazing conditions. European settlers overgrazed this site with beef cattle, especially during the Civil War. Park officials have waged an ongoing battle against the growth of black locust and blackberry that would, if left unchecked, take over the meadow.

In the past, Park Service officials used combinations of burning and mowing to hold back the growth of invasive vegetation. New strategies have aided in the establishment of meadow grasses. Today, the dominant shrub growth in the meadow is blueberry, with swamp varieties, such as marsh marigold, swamp fern, and Canadian burnet, growing in wetter areas. Overall, the meadow supports some 270 species of vascular plants. In addition to the white-tailed deer that wander seemingly carefree through the meadow, you’re also likely to see song sparrows, meadowlarks, grouse, foxes, and skunks."

Big Meadows Campground Reviews

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7/4/2011
One of the best campgrounds I have ever stayed at!
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9/2/2009
I've camped at Loft for many years, in my opinion one of the best that SNP has to offer. Recently they revamped most of the sites, putting in new firepits and moving them around to different parts of the individual sites. The trails around the campground are nice with easy hikes for the family. You will see lots of Deer hear in the morning. Do not feed them, as they have a huge food supply up there. Happy hiking, be safe.
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8/15/2009
The campground was very nice. We saw many deer in the campground in the early morning. I would camp here again.
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8/8/2009
This was my first time visiting Shenandoah National Park and my first time in Virginia. Most of my trips are backpacking trip but my older sister (she's 27, I'm 23) wanted to get her first outdoor experience and spend some time with her baby bro. So I chose to take her to a park which I thought would be beautiful and offer some great sites and safe trails. This Park did. The Loft Mountain Campground was great for any family, group or individual wishing to experience a nice, very clean, and well maintined frontcountry campground. We arrived around 1pm and there were plenty of camp sites that were vacant for us to chose from. There are plenty of closely proximated, less private camp site, as well as more private campsites with very short trails leading to them. Each campsite has a fire pit/grill, a picnic table, and a bear-proof storage container. The campstore was close and sells anything you could need. The showers and bathroom facilities are as descent as one could expect and had laundry equipment too. My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and my first frontcountry camping experience was pleasurable and relaxing. There is also a very close visitors station at the bottom of the campground acces road with a restaurant, gift shop, and fuel pumping station. If you are in Shenandoah, give this campground a try and you'll not likely be disappointed.
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3/28/2008
Thanks. I have been there it's nice place.... .. .... ... ..
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9/6/2002
My family and i have camped overnight at loft for twenty years and have had many different sites,seldom any bad ones.If you like privacy like i do meander down loops b,c and d were the bushes between sites are thicker and taller.Be prepared for this massive campground to fill to capacity on summer weekends especially around holiday weekends.there's plenty of tree canopy on most loops as well .hiking trails are not far away.
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8/23/2001
Loft Mountain camp ground was an enjoyable experince. The reason I say this the sites are more private with vegetation growing around each camp site giving you the feeling of privacy. The view from the ampitheater and the short hikes around the campground are fun and pleasant to do.
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