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Loft Mountain Campground
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is our 3rd time in as many years heading to Loft Mountain. I would highly recommend getting either site A10-A or A10-B as your site, if they're not already taken. The views are amazing. The only downside to this campsite is that it is a wee bit of a drive to Big Meadows and Skyland... other than that-- and that's really not much of a ding-- this is one of the best campgrounds I've stayed in.

Room Tip: Get A-10-A or A-10-B. Just don't book my weekend... these sites are hard to come by. :)
Stayed: August 2014, travelled with family
7  Thank Jon H
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Spent only one night there on our way back home but we had a great time regardless. Fantastic views, some pull-though slots much better than others in terms of space, view and proximity to neighboring camping spots. Be sure to check satellite views to get a better idea of what I mean - we lucked out and didn't have anyone to either side of this, but I can see things getting a bit cramped over big weekends. About 1/3 of the spots can be reserved, the others are 1st come, first served (can't imagine what the 'morning rush' would be like before big weekends - that's a long way to travel only to find out that there are no spots left).

Overall a nice stay. It was a bit of a PITA to have to forage for your own wood to burn (ban on bringing in outside wood is in effect), as we arrived after the shop closed to purchase firewood. They have a fair amount of pull-though spots available for RV's and most had room for a 40 ft. RV with a car in tow. Dump & water fill-up station available before you reach the main office or as you are leaving. Skyline was a bit tight for a 40 ft. RV but manageable - the drive had large pull-though overlooks which I took advantage of to let traffic pass.

All the other campers we encountered were very friendly as were the park rangers.

Be sure to make the trek down to the amphitheater for an incredible sunset view if the weather's clear.

Luray Caverns is also a cool spot to visit in the area and is about an hours drive north.

Overall a great RV park - just be prepared for some spots to be closer to one another than other spots.

Room Tip: Pull up the satellite images to get a better idea of how private some of the pull-though are.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank taveanator
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We had a fantastic time for our first time camping at Loft Mountain Campground this past 4th of July. I had read negative post about the Rangers and staff at this campsite. However, we had the opposite experience. The staff (Brian Noland) and camp host (Andy & Beverly) were extremely helpful and friendly. We arrived on Thursday, July 3rd and realized our reserved site was not the best for our 27ft travel trailer. The staff helped us find a better site for our camper. We were on the D loop and we had a great site with lots of privacy. The camp Ranger was also friendly and he stressed the importance of keeping food stuff packed in campers and vehicles becasue of the bears. We actually saw a bear two campsites away on the first day. The sites are small for travel trailers and it took some work to get the trailer in our site, however it was well worth it. The restrooms were clean and are well placed in the campground. The showers are located in the camp store, which was too far to walk. There were only a few showers for the entire campground and they are also used by AT hikers. There are several nice hiking trails within a short drive from the campground. The campground is pet friendly.

We will be going back to Loft Mountain!!!

Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
1  Thank Nowlinak
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We checked in on the Wednesday before the 4th of July holiday. All of the reserved areas were booked and it was first come first served for a campsite. It was no problem getting one but by the holiday, the campground was at capacity and they were turning people away. The rangers at check-in were very friendly and brought the national parks senior pass to our attention and after purchasing one, got half off the $15 a night camping fee. The campground quiet hours begin at 10pm and the "campground hosts" are very diligent in friendly ways to be sure everyone respects these rules. Specific times for use of generators are established and we did not hear any generators running outside of those times. The restrooms were very clean and the shower water was hot. The staff at the camp store were also very friendly and helpful with advice about local area shopping. We found the closest Walmart is in Ruckersville, about 15 miles north on Skyline Dr. from the campground and then about 12 miles east on Rt. 33. One note of interest is that if you purchase a bag of firewood from the camp store, choose a bag from the bottom if possible that might have been on the shelf a little longer than ones on top. I took one from the top and found later that the wood was wet and was hard to start a fire. Our camp site was very private. Even when the campground was filled, we could not see another campsite from ours. Not all sites are that private but many are and have lots of wooded area to make them that way. There is a short trail from the campground that leads to the AT and we met and talked to a few thru-hikers. A great campground and we will return.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
3  Thank DCTraveler3716
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

After reading all the reviews I could find on camping in Shenandoah National Park, we chose Loft Mountain Campground because of the privacy hedges between sites and the availability of showers. It was exactly what I wanted and what previous reviewers had described. An abundance of wildlife! Deer and bunnies literally everywhere... and bears! I'll address a few negative comments I've read about the campground and clarify with my experience.

1. Rangers act like "cops"- yes... they do for a reason. But they are also VERY friendly and extremely helpful and are looking out for your safety. I found the Rangers at the arrival gate much more stern that the Rangers in the camping area. They are trying to convey the importance of bear safety and therefore have a much stronger voice than once on site. We visited 6/27-6/30/14 and upon arrival were told there were 8 bears in the campground and 2 were becoming very brave around campsites and were being aggressively sought after by the Rangers to avoid any incidents with campers or the need to put the bears down. ALL food- beer, coffee, water included, and anything with fragrance such as suntan lotion, bug spray, cleaning supplies, makeup must be locked in your car at all times. Even if you make breakfast, run to the bathroom or your neighbors tent- if your hands and body aren't in front of the food consuming it- it must be stored in the car. You will get a ticket for leaving food unattended even for a few minutes. Think this is overly cautious? Our camp site neighbors left a coffee pot on the fire, mixing bowl with dried pasta sauce on the table, and oreos in their tent. Then they left the site to hike. A bear came through our site headed straight to their site and got into the food and coffee, chewed empty beer cans that were on site, and spent a while trying to get into the tent! After 6 Park Rangers and 2 Law Enforcement officers tried for over an hour yelling, setting off noise makers,and creating an unfriendly environment for the bear- the bear had to be shot at with bean bag pellets by law enforcement. It is an orphaned yearling and was lured in by the stupidity of campers. If the bear comes back (which the Rangers said he will since he had such a feast), he will be tranquilized. If he returns after that, he will be put down. This is why you will see the Rangers often driving by the sites and walking in to inspect if there is food or fragrance product left around. This same day, we had a bear cross in front of our car upon entering the campground as well as saw a bear on a ridge 20 min away near Lewis Mountain.. this is bear country.
2. Firewood can not be brought in due to disease and worms that hurt local trees. Take any hike through the park and you will find downed trees due to the diseases and worms that non-local firewood has brought. Well seasoned firewood is available for purchase at the camp store for $5. You get about 6 pieces. The wood is very well seasoned- no smoke or crackling/popping. You can also scavenge your own downed dead wood. My husband and I were both impressed by the quality of the wood at the store- much better than the "seasoned" wood you get a walmart or grocery stores.
3. Showers and laundry are at the camp store. I visited the same time as another reviewer and had no issues with shower cleanliness. Bathrooms were also clean in the campsite area. The bathrooms only have 2 stalls, but considering we visited on a full weekend, I only waited one time for a stall in the women's bathroom near F132 and that was at 7pm- a popular family visiting hour before bed.

Our Experience:
First big camping trip with our 3 yr old son. We registered online for the only site available, F132. I was not expecting to like it since it was beside the restrooms, but I was shocked- it had a great privacy hedge on all sides and the area for the tent was hidden and tucked in to a tall thicket. There were tall trees and blackberry bushes all around us- we could barely see the top of the tent in the campsite beside us. We had forest behind us (no campers) and to the left were tall trees and bushes which hid the path to the water supply and bathrooms. We pitched a 4 person tent in the hidden corner of our site and placed a large screen house over our picnic table. All vehicles must stay on the paved area in front of your site. We had a deer and multiple bunnies in our campsite upon arrival and they returned to visit each day. We even had an 8 point buck one day munching in our bushes. The campsite was full and surprisingly we rarely heard noise or people heading to the restrooms. We had 6+ inches of rain our first night and bright and early the next morning the rangers checked on each campsite for flooding and to make sure all campers were safe and dry. The site amazingly never took on water and we had no mud! As all other reviewers mentioned, all of the outer edge A sites have valley/mountain views. We may try one of those sites next time, but honestly- my husband loved the convenience to the water supply and restrooms... there was tons of privacy and for a campground that was full, the sites are positioned so you don't realize how many people are there! There were several hiking trails that lead out from the campground. All of our immediate neighbors were regular campers at Loft and they all agreed this was their favorite campgrounds because of the privacy. We went to Big Meadows Campground to look for ourselves as well as Lewis Campground. Big Meadows was a huge turn off for us because non of the sites are private- even the hike in sites are on top of one another. Lewis Campground had trees and the exterior edge sites were more private, but non compared to the privacy of Loft Campground. We re already planning another trip back for this month.

Room Tip: F132 was directly beside the water supply and below the bathroom. It was shockingly quiet and private on 3 sides. People going up the hill to the bathroom could not see into our site. Woods were directly behind the site (no campers) and to the right of the site you could barely see the top of the neighbors tent. Our site had a "niche" for a tent and that also created a very private feeling. The site was grass with the exception of the picnic table which had gravel underneath. Very private and very convenient for water and bathroom runs. Deer and bunnies visited us multiple times a day. All outer edge A sites view the mountains/ valley but may not be suitable for small children as they are on the mountain edge.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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16  Thank sissiebecca
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