Big Meadows Lodge

Address: Mile 51.2, Skyline Dr, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, 22849, United States | 3 star lodge
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Big Meadows Lodge harkens back to many guests' memories of the National Park visits of their youth. Situated on ten forested acres in the beautiful Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, this rock-and-timber lodge is a family-friendly retreat for all ages. It was built in 1939 with native chestnut wood paneling and stones from Massanutten Mountain. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this rustic lodge offers a getaway from the fast-paced life in the city and is open seasonally.

The accommodations at Big Meadows Lodge are simple yet cozy, with no phones and TVs only provided in select rooms. Guests can reserve one of five cabins, each of which has two rooms with a private entrance for each. Some pet-friendly rooms are available as well. In the main lodge, guests can grab a drink at the New Market Taproom or shop for souvenirs and goodies at the craft shop. The Spottswood Dining Room, meanwhile, provides classic comfort foods and American fare. Free, family-friendly entertainment is presented every night in the main lodge.

With its location in the heart of Shenandoah National Park, there's no shortage of activities to explore near this rustic lodge. Hiking trails for all skill levels are available nearby. Located just one mile down Skyline Drive is a beautiful grassy meadow, which is the ideal place for nightly stargazing. Wildlife abounds in this area, and many guests have excitedly reported their sightings of deer, foxes, and other forest creatures. Visitors to this park also enjoy rock climbing, rappelling, and horseback riding, all of which can be enjoyed near Big Meadows Lodge.

For a laid-back, pastoral getaway with rustic lodging, Big Meadows is difficult to top. The simple accommodations and quiet surroundings are consistently noted as top attractions at this destination. Additionally, the warm, friendly, and helpful staff make it easy to enjoy this location and access all of Shenandoah's wonderful charms.


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This 3 star lodge, located on Mile 51.2, Skyline Dr, Shenandoah National Park, is near Luray Caverns, The Car and Carriage Museum, Dickey Ridge Visitor Center, and Shenandoah Streamers School.
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        • Restaurant
        • Bar/lounge


        • Wireless internet connection in room (free)
        • Non-smoking hotel
        • Non-smoking rooms
        • Wheelchair accessibility
        • Free parking
        • Pets allowed
        • Family rooms


        • Meeting rooms/conference facilities
        • Room service

        TravelPod Member ReviewsBig Meadows Lodge Shenandoah National Park

        Reviewed by cseis

        Comfort after camping!

        Reviewed Sep 12, 2012
        by (2 reviews) Colchester, Vermont, United States , United States Flag of United States

        Rustic lodge with great views. Food is okay. Wildlife is the attraction, lots of deer roaming the area. Stars are a site to behold. Well worth the stay.

        This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

        TripAdvisor Reviews Big Meadows Lodge Shenandoah National Park

        4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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