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Old 07-15-2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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Loft Mountain campground, Shenandoah NP, Virginia

Has anyone been to this campground and if so what can you tell me about it? We have reservations for the middle of October 2011. Three couples and seven children; are there things for kids to do. We plan on hiking and enjoying the fall scenery for the most part. One big concern was the potential for generator noise. Look forward to your replies.

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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If you don't want generator noise, there are 2 no-generator areas. All of F Loop, and about 1/2 of G Loop.

Things for kids to do ?? No pool or game room. They will have to settle on riding their bikes, walking, playing the woods, and looking at critters. Is that necessarily a bad thing ??

It is a great campground. Many sites have their little isolated area for the fire-pit and and picnic table. We were there 2 weekends ago, and it is a nice little get-away for us for a weekend trip.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:24 PM   #3
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Sounds good, thanks for the reply. How far is it from where you live?
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35 miles by road, 15 miles as the crow flies.

I just bicycled up to Loft Mtn. from the Swift Run Gap entrance station this morning......about 30 miles round trip.
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That must have been a nice ride today, what was the temperature up there?
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
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That must have been a nice ride today, what was the temperature up there?
I am guessing that the temperatures were in the mid 50s to probably around the mid 60s by the end of the ride.

Beware, that the temperatures on to of the mountain run about 10 degrees cooler than the valley and foothills.
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:34 PM   #7
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OK, I'm jealous, been stuck in the basement of a government building all day in Washington DC.
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drs244 - we've been to Loft Mountain three times and made reservations today to go again Labor Day weekend. We have found that the campsites are nice (grassy & lots of shade), but driveway to park camper on is either short or the pull-throughs have a sharp bend so we usually have to back in (our TT is 27' long). It takes us approximately three hours (plus or minus) to get there. We take I-95 S to Fredicksburg, highway 3 to highway 29 to highway 33 to Skyline Drive. Incline on highway 33 to Skyline Drive is not as steep or as long as the one on highway 211 approaching Skyline Drive. (We live just outside the beltway at Alexandria.) Have a safe trip and enjoy your time at Loft Mountain. The Appalatian Trail runs alongside the campground and there is a hiking trail that starts at the entrance to the campground. There are deer, chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits in the park and once we saw a black bear with two cubs at the entrance.
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I-495 to I-66 to Rt. 29 to Rt 33 might be a better and quicker route. Of if you want to spend a bunch of time with a more scenic route, I-66 to Front Royal, and get on the Drive there......about 80 miles of beautiful scenery on the Drive.
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We've been to Loft Mtn twice and I can't add much but this....
The campground tends to be busier on weekends.
Mid week in mid October might be nice and quiet or not because we've
never gone when the trees were turning colors.
In June mid week would be very NOT crowded!

Even if you are on a generator free loop the loop next to you might allow
generators but we've not found them to be a problem so far.
Don't know why anyone would want a generator in October but some
folks do seem to run them "just because they can".
IMO the bathroom vent fans make more noise than some generators.

We also give this camp ground a big thumbs up.

One more activity-- star gazing from the front not-used loop is awesome!
Bring a star map and point out some constellations to your kids!!

If you have kids a visit to the visitor center at Big Meadows is mandatory.
There are many things to see and do there.
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