Originally Posted by billy bob
Chap as you know from RVpics I drove the Skyline drive 1st part of Oct-11
didn't see any campgrounds were did I miss them?
Wow, I didn't realize that you were the same "Bill". The eagle avatar should have been a clue.
There are 4 campgrounds on the Skyline Drive:
Mathews Arm at milepost 22 with about 150 sites, some reserveable, others 1st come 1st served. I have never been to this campground. It is close to Front Royal in the northern district.
Big Meadows is at milepost 51 in the central district with about 200 sites. Big Meadows is usually the 1st to open in the spring, and the last to close in the fall. I thought all sites were were reservable during the main camping season, but the website show some 1st come 1st served. Many sites here have big trees, but very little in low vegetation to isolate 1 campsite from the next.
My camper at Big Meadows:
Lewis Mtn at milepost 57 is a small campground with about 30 sites. This campground is not very "big rig" friendly, but I have seen some pretty good sized units in there. I think all sites are 1st come, 1st served.
Photo taken of a good sized rig at Lewis Mtn a couple of weeks ago:
Loft Mtn at milepost 80 in the southern district is our favorite spot....the sites tend to be more private. There are about 160 sites there, with both reservable and 1st come, 1st served sites.
My avatar photo was taken at Loft Mtn.
As far as I know, there are no water or electric sites at any of the campgrounds.....other than the camp hosts. Water is usually found via spigots around the campgrounds. Generators are allowed certain times of the day, and several campgrounds have specific "no generator" areas if people are there for the quiet.
I think all campgrounds are only 1st come 1st served during the early and late season.
Lewis Mtn. does not have a dump station. The other 3 are probably within a mile or so of the campground. A little bit of a trek if you need to pull a blue tote there, but convenient dumping when you are leaving with a rig.
Here is a good place for campground information on the Drive: Shenandoah National Park - Campgrounds (U.S. National Park Service)
Hope this helps.