Camp along the South Fork Shenandoah River

Added by Spencer Marfing

Free tent camping along the South Fork Shenandoah River. Located in George Washington National Forest, this is a great spot for a weekend getaway filled with tubing, canoeing, and long nights by the campfire.

From Luray, follow Bixler's Ferry Road until you cross the river. The road will then T, go to the right along South Page Valley Road. Follow this road for about 6.5 miles until you pass Shenandoah River Outfitters. Shortly after this it will turn into a gravel road. Drive along the gravel road for roughly 2 miles until you see Riverwater Road, turn right onto this road. The road ultimately leads to a dead end at the boat ramp, the campsites are located on the right prior to the turnaround. Be careful relying on GPS when you get to Luray, it may lead you to an area across the river from the campsites. Use these directions to avoid this...I made that mistake the first time.

These campsites are part of George Washington National Forest. This is public land which is why there is no cost for staying here. Campsites are first come, first served. There is no fee to reserve the campsites, nor are there any reservations needed. They are completely free, legal campsites to stay at provided by the Forest Service. Additionally, you may only stay up to 14 days at the campsite. Each campsite is near the water and has a fire ring. There are non-flush toilets nearby. If you plan to be doing river activities, the campsites are located at mile marker 13 on the river.

LEAVE THE CAMPSITE BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT. 

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Canoeing
Chillin
Camping
Photography
Swimming
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic

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4 months ago

Solid spot, popular

Just knocked this one out a couple months ago. I decided to paddle my way down the river and then camp along the shores. If you're looking for rentals, there are a couple places including Shenandoah River Adventures. That being said, folks love to tube and canoe down the river so it can get a little crowded.

Nice spot along the river but it’s no secret.

Arrive early to snag a nice site. We arrived mid- morning and took the last site a short walk from the river. Be prepared for families tubing, swimming and fishing. Not the place if solitude is desired.

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