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Loft Mt Campground

 During the years we lived in Maryland, Loft Mountain Campground, up on the Skyline Drive north of Charlottesville, VA, was our "favoritest" place for escaping the bustle of life around Washington DC. It's a large, first-come/first-served campground located high atop Big Flat Mountain (the real Loft Mt is the next mountain over). No hook-ups, but fresh water, a dump station, hot pay showers and a camp store are available. 219 mostly-shaded sites are spread out along several loops of paved roads; most are quite private. Two waterfalls and trails into the Big Run Wilderness Area are nearby; the Appalachian Trail runs through the campground.

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Over at the hill-side amphitheater, Liz watches the fog slowly burn off in the valley below.

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Our favorite site, #14. Sites 11 through 19 are along the western edge of the mountain-top, affording gorgeous sunset views.

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An unusally clear day.

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Another nice site is #40, which is an open site on the eastern side of the campground.

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It's about a mile hike along the Appalachian Trail to the summit of the real Loft Mt. Just to my left you can see the Skyline Drive heading north.

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The clouds were in and out late one afternoon, making for a beautiful sunset. Constantly changing!

 

Amenities

 Dump station, hot showers (fee), camp store

$15

Open May - October

Coordinates: 38.247403 N, 78.668615 W

Elevation: 3354'

 

loft map