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Big Meadows Campground, VA

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Big Meadows CG is located at Mile 51 on the Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park, about 54 miles north of Charlottesville, VA. The Big Meadows area offers a large campground, as well as a lodge with an excellent restaurant. Hiking opportunities abound. 

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We selected site E191 for our overnight stay. It was fairly level and offered a pleasant mix of sun and shade.

Date of visit: Apr 2006

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Loops E, F, G and H must be the original part of the CG. Sites are more shaded in this area. At many of these sites, it would be difficult to set up a satellite dish. Verizon National Access service is available.

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This would be my vote for the best site in the campground - E180. Most sites are back-in, but there are pull-throughs primarily in loops F, G and H.

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This shows the openness of the newer part of the CG, loops A, B, C and D.

No hookups are available at Big Meadows, but there is a dump station.

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One of the two older bathhouses in the original part of the CG.

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There are five more modern bathrooms in the newer section.

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Showers and laundry facilities are available in a separate building near the check-in station.

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Situated on the west side of the summit, Big Meadows Lodge offers sleeping accomodations and dining. Besides rooms in the main lodge, guests may also stay in cottages or motel-type units.

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Here is the rustic appearing, yet comfortable living room of the lodge.

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There are not many campgrounds where you have only a short walk to a first-rate restaurant. The food is delicious and the view out the windows is......well, see below.

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This is only part of the view from the dining room, looking out over the Shenandoah Valley.

 

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