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Mathews Arm Campground

Mile 22.1 Skyline Drive, Virginia VA USA

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  • Pet Friendly
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“In Shenandoah national park”

Overview Secluded in the thick trees and rolling hills of the Shenandoah National Park, Mathews Arm Campground is the ideal spot for a camping getaway.Recreation Shenandoah National Park has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint while others wind deep into the forests and wilderness. Mathews Arm Campground is located near Overall Run Falls, which, at 93 feet, has the highest drop of all the falls in Shenandoah National Park. A moderately difficult hiking trail, which leads to the falls, is accessible from the campground. Once at the falls, visitors can enjoy views of the entire Shenandoah Valley and Massanutten Mountain. Wildlife viewing is a also a popular pastime, with black bears, wild turkey, deer, birds and countless other animals abundant across the park. The campground is located right off of Milepost 22 on the famous Skyline Drive, which runs 105 miles north and south along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Stunning views are available from any of the 75 scenic overlooks.Facilities Mathews Arm is a family-oriented campground, offering plenty of open spaces in the nearly 166 available campsites. All sites include a place for a tent or RV, a fire ring and picnic area. The campground also offers modern amenities like flush toilets, drinking water and one dump station, creating a comfortable camping experience. There are no showers in this campground. Natural Features Shenandoah National Park includes 300 square miles of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southern Appalachians. The park rises above the Virginia Piedmont to its east and the Shenandoah Valley to its west. Nearby Attractions Elkwallow Wayside is located just two miles away, offering camping supplies, a limited menu restaurant, prepared sandwiches, beverages, souvenirs, and more. Two visitor centers, bookstores, restaurants and exhibits are scattered throughout the Shenandoah National Park. Click here for more information.Charges & Cancellations Cancellations more than 48 hours in advance of arrival date only incur a $10 transaction fee. Within 48 hours, $10 and the first night's fee are charged.

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20 people have reviewed this location

Ratings Summary

4.9 Access
4.9 Location
4.6 Cleanliness
4.4 Site Quality
4.3 Noise

Cell Coverage

Verizon 4G/5G

Confirmed by 7 users | Last reported on June 11, 2023

AT&T 4G/5G

Confirmed by 2 users | Last reported on August 14, 2020

T-Mobile 5G

Confirmed by 3 users | Last reported on October 16, 2023
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Reviewed by
dattoll

  • 259 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 02, 2016
Rated

If you want to see bears, then come here. There are several here roaming through the park, so take heed and do not leave anything out that may attract bears. We saw a ranger confisgate a cooler that someone left out. It really wasn't very busy. Maybe it was because the weather wasn't great. We had a lot of rain. Camped here late September. The website said they were under construction, but nothing was going on when we were there. On the weekend, it was busy and sites are close. During the week, though, so much better. I would say it is about 3.5 to 4 stars. Would definitely come back here. Upper sites had some cell service. I would walk up and get on and check email. Most sites did not have cell. All boondocking sites.

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dattoll would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: A9

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

October 20, 2018
Rated

Although we only spent one night at Mathew Arms campground, we really enjoyed our experience. Andy, the volunteer camp host was so friendly and shared so many interesting stories about the park! We really enjoyed meeting him. He even came by our site to make sure we got back from our late afternoon hike okay.

We hiked the Overall Run Falls trail in the morning and saw 3 bear cubs and a momma bear less than 20 minutes into our hike!

The sites are very well maintained. Nice tables and fire rings with a nice buffer of space between each site. Their bathroom facilities were also clean and well maintained.

The only downside was that there was no cell reception. While it's always difficult to be forced to step away from work, it does make for an experience sure to be filled with memories.

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This reviewer would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: A94

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 20, 2019
Rated

We only spent one night at Mathew Arms campground on the way back home but we will be back when time permits. Great place to see wildlife, saw a bear sitting on the shoulder of the road on the way there and wondered who was watching who as we passed by. Great place for hiking trails. Bathroom facilities were clean and maintained. No wifi or cell reception. Dry camping with water available and a nice dump station, level sites with good spacing. America the Beautiful pass helps out with getting in the National Park and half off the campground fees.

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roadtripper757314 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $7.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 104

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

Verizon

Reviewed by
fawudd

  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 25, 2019
Rated

We arrived late and were fortunate to get a spot on a weekend night. The site was nice level gravel, but your neighbors are relatively close and there is little separation. We later saw that other sites offer more space and/or privacy. The Ranger that checked us in and later stopped by was super friendly and welcoming. We were warned about bears, but did not see any. Bathrooms were adequate and clean.

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fawudd would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 5

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

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T-Mobile

Reviewed by
dlind4390

  • 108 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 02, 2019
Rated

This is a wonderful campground. Check in was easy with a pleasant volunteer. We especially enjoyed it during the week before it filled up and got very crowed and noisy on the weekend. Barking dogs was a thing. Campers are apparently allowed an unlimited amount of tents and cars. Tents were lined up on the powerline trail to the restrooms. The rangers/hosts did nothing about any of this but they took and killed our basil plant for no reason!! Basil has travel with us to every state and Canada with no problems. Believe me, bears don't care about basil. This obviously upset us a lot. Clean area with good restrooms available. The trails from the CG are great hikes. The sites are not all level so check them out first. We did not have any services or cell coverage which made for a wonderful unplugged stay.

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dlind4390 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $7.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: 84

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

Reviewed by
thebrownmoose

  • 77 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 14, 2020
Rated

Located inside Shenandoah National Park. The sites are well maintained which includes a parking pad, fire pit and picnic table (metal). Most come with a bear box to store your food. Restrooms include a potable water sink outside to get drinking water and to do get water for dishes, cooking, etc. Restrooms are kept clean and spaced far apart from one another. Saw deer and chipmunks in the park. Several hiking trails which most are poorly marked. Rangers and hosts were friendly and helpful. Some sites have cell reception while most don't.

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thebrownmoose would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 14

Site Number: 62

4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
4 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

AT&T 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

August 14, 2020
Rated

Matthews Arm is a great national park campground inside Shenandoah. It is well taken care of and clean. While it has no hookups, it is exactly what you are looking for from an NPS campground. The most important thing is that it feels close to nature and is actually close to many of the best attractions in the park. This is a great stop to add to any excursion into Shenandoah National Park.

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This reviewer would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: A93

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
2 Noise

Cell Coverage Rating

AT&T

Reviewed by
VoyagerV

  • 26 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 26, 2020
Rated

We stayed here September 2- 8, 2020.
We loved this campground, no hookups at all but a dump on the way out.
There are some sites that are reservable but the outer loop (A) is all first come first serve, lots of pull throughs or back in, all concrete pads not all are level.
We got there late the first night and stayed in site A26, the cicada bugs are loud in this part of the park surrounded by a forest of trees.
Then we moved to site A94 end of the loop and got a nice open level site. We had grass between sites, enough privacy. Able to set up solar on our grassy area.
Absolutely no cell service once you head into the forest.
Bathrooms had warm water and kept clean.
They are pretty strict on who comes in and out of camping area with passes to every car, which is nice for having a peace of mind. Rangers came through the park quite frequently.
There are bears here so bear boxes are at the campsites.
We cannot wait to head back to this park.

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VoyagerV would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: A 26 & A 94

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

November 02, 2020
Rated

We originally reserved site B118. Upon arrival, we found the site had a severe incline. We moved to a first come first serve site (A75) and it was wonderful! The campground has no hookups and limited morning and evening generator hours in designated loops. We stayed during the week and it was absolutely peaceful! The drive in to the campground on Skyline Drive was easy and the road is in fantastic shape. We would absolutely stay here again!

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This reviewer would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $23.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: A75

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

Reviewed by
Talegi

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 23, 2021
Rated

It's a nice campground, a lot of space to back onto the pad, and good space between sites. It's pretty quiet here, even on a busy weekend. Everyone must be doing a good job with their trash, because there were no scavenger birds or even squirrels about. My only disappointment was that I had to drive so far for a shower. Skyline Drive is absolutely beautiful, and while I didn't have any T-Mobile or Verizon at camp, a nearby overlook usually made it possible to connect with the outside world.

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Talegi would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $15.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: C-147

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Mathews Arm Campground

Mile 22.1 Skyline Drive
Virginia
VA USA
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Longest Vehicle Length Reported
35.0
Lowest Nightly Rate
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Max Length
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Max Stay
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Sites Count
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