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“Loft Mountain Campground - Site E106”

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Loft Mountain Campground
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Great campground and campsite location! Loft Mountain is quite secluded compared to other SNP campgrounds and features heavily wooded sites, bathrooms, showers, a modern camp store, great views of the mountain valleys, and easy access to the Appalachian trail on all three sides. If you enjoy tent camping with the feeling of being deep in the woods, but still enjoy a few creature comforts of home....this is the place for you.

I needed a site that could fit two tents and four people, with close access to the bathroom and utility sink, but was still reasonably shaded and private. Site E106 was perfect for all my major requirements. The bathroom/utility sink is next door with only a short walk. The woods surrounded the site on all sides and was accessible to our parked cars via a short access trail. In fact, the woods were so thick the bathroom and other campsites were barely visible. Nice!!

On this particular trip, there was a lot of bear activity in the campground. We saw a few bears around the sites and one up in a tree. The National Park Service even closed off one site and set a bear trap. So use caution and heed the park warnings/guidance when cooking and storing food.

I will definitely go back!
Stayed August 2016

Room Tip: The showers require $1.75 in quarters.
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

We loved our experience at Loft Mountain. We took a tent site which we loved since it was off the main road and quieter than the pull through spots. It was first come first serve since we had to change our plans last minute but the ranger was super helpful. The camp store attendant was very friendly and we loved the wood there yes it's $7 a bundle but it's super dry so it should catch easily vs some places where the wood is left out to dampen. The showers a a great feature at 1.75/5 minutes you can feel so clean after a day of hiking. We saw tons of birds, some chipmunks and a white tail deer which walked within 5 feet of us (someone was probably feeding them cause we found this super strange). The best part of the campsite was the 5 minute hike to the rock face to watch the sunset, it was fantastic! We definitely want to come back when the leaves are changing!

Room Tip: Go for tent only if you want quieter space.
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  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2016

We stayed just one night in site A2C. It was "walk-in" but the parking lot was about a 30 second walk away. We liked the tent-only section since we were set back from the road and didn't get the headlight glare, and were further away from the sound of generators. Our only problem was since we got there after dark, we didn't get a chance to scope out where the bathrooms were. When we went to look for the closest one according to the map, it appeared the trail to it didn't exist. In the morning we found another bathroom, but it was a bit far, I think we'd prefer to get a site closer to the bathroom next time. The campsite itself was shaded but with a gap in the trees where we could see the stars. There is a tent pad and a fire pit (grill but no ring). We noticed some of the other sites did have rings. Loft Mountain campground is very well maintained and the employees are super friendly. (Also note certain spots in the campground can get VERY windy. Your are on top of a mountain! This happened on our 2015 Memorial Day trip and I got sick. Definitely bring warm clothing just in case.)

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

My son and I went camping here in site....wait a second I really liked my site and if I have it away it might be booked next time I try and reserve it so I will keep it on the hush. But there are plenty of good sites. All prices at $15. $20 to get in park unless you have year pass like I do. I paid $40 for it and have used it 4 times since. Campsite is only 40 - 44 minutes from the Waynesborough side entrance. Walked to amphitheater from site and saw cool presentation about bra s from ranger. We even saw a Bear driving to campground. Fire pit and picnic table were perfect. Site was flat with plenty of foliage to make it secluded. Driveway was pull through and plenty big for my bros van and my car. Camp store had lots of things like bug spray which we forgot to bring. It is a bit more pricey so try and bring everything from home. However nice if you forget something. We hiked black rock on way back to Waynesborough entrance. Highly recommend hike for small kids ours are ages 3 - 8 and they loved climbing on the rocks. Hike is half mile there and half mile back. Happy camping!

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Great place to pull in for road trip. We was able to get a pull thru site and it was easy to get in and flat so not too much leveling was needed. Most sites looked like they was very similar. Water and dump was easily accessible when we was leaving. Will be back.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Stayed here with the family in July and we found it to be quiet, peaceful, and had very accessible hiking trails. We camped in a tent for two nights. No issues. The bathrooms were clean. And a very short (<2min) drive down the road was a pay shower, which was very clean also. I think it was $1.25 for 5 minutes. Well worth it. Also, the Appalachian Trail was only 150 yds away from the campsite so we were abel to do some great hiking as well.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

Loft Mountain was nice. Most of the sites are pull through and there are walk-in tent sites in A loop. Some sites are close to each other, but generally better spaced and more private than Big Meadows. Limited showers are a 1/4 mile from the sites (walk or drive) and are closed for cleaning from 1:00 to 3:00 pm daily. $1.75 for about a 5 minute shower. Nice well stocked camp store within the camp ground and a separate wayside store a mile from the campground on the parkway with a counter service restaurant. Coffee sold at the camp store and wayside. Clean showers and restrooms. We usually prefer Big Meadows, but it was sold out. Loft was a close second, and we are very happy to enjoy a different area of the park. Some sites in the center of G loop are uneven, small and back up to a chain link fence and water tank. Sites at the far end of F and G are very nice. Walk-in tent sites looked nice also, but you will have to park in a shared lot near the site and walk on a short trail to your site. Park ranger staff was friendly and helpful. As with all the SNP campgrounds, be bear safe and put away all your food and cooking items when you leave camp. Store all food, toothpaste, and anything else wildlife would like to eat in your car (or bear box when available), especially while you sleep. Something will most likely visit you during the night. There are several nice hikes of various lengths close to Loft Mountain either down to water falls or up to scenic views.

Room Tip: Avoid the center of G loop.
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Address: 3655 US Hwy 211 East, Shenandoah National Park, VA 22835
Region: United States > Virginia > Shenandoah National Park
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Shenandoah National Park
Number of rooms: 200
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Loft Mountain Campground Hotel Shenandoah National Park

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