Shenandoah Valley Campground

We were recommended to stay at Shenandoah Valley Campground by some friends we met while camping in Lake George and looking at their pics featuring the waterfall below pretty much sealed the deal.

SVC is the only campground I know of that has it’s own waterfall.

Shenandoah Valley Campground is bordered on two sides by The Middle River. Many of the sites that are riverfront ended up to be too small for our Greyhawk so we settled on site 66. Shortly after we got to the site we realized it didn’t have a water view and had little view of the playground. I prefer to book my sites over the phone to find the best site but this time we chose to switch it up when we got there. It was a first for us but it goes to show you that you can always attempt to change things if they hadn’t appeared that way by looking at maps or talking to campground personnel. We moved to site 100 opposite the playground.


The views at the river were spectacular and the kids and I even went into the frigid waters one afternoon. They also loved both the playgrounds and the bunnies hopping freely over the grounds. You can see those and more in the video at the bottom of the page.

The pool was not open yet so early in the year as I expected. This is yet another reason to book a campground with some sort of a water feature. We could have had better weather during the trip but I still think the kids definitely made the most of it.


The kids will always be entertained by water no matter how cold it is. While we weren’t freezing our toes we visited Shenandoah National Park. If I could move this campground closer to the park I would. It’s an hour plus drive to both Swift Run Gap and Rockfish Gap  Entrance Stations.


The sites here were on the small side but everyone seemed to have their privacy. We had low water pressure the day we checked in and they had just opened and seemed to be  experiencing some season opening jitters (laundry). The kids tried their luck  at fishing this time around. I had bought some beginner rods and tackle before this trip and the kids seemed to enjoy it but tired quickly after not getting any bites. Despite the lake being stocked while we were there the fish didn’t seem to be biting for most anyone. Next time…


We visited SVC over Easter Weekend and their were many activities for the kids. On Saturday we started with an Easter Egg Hunt in which their were a thousand and one eggs hidden around the empty sites near the river. Next we went on an Easter Bunny Hayride. Sarah went with me to a sunrise service early Easter Morning and while the sun was hiding beneath the clouds we actually saw the moon set. The Easter Bunny had visited sometime after sunrise and we went back to the camper and opened our baskets.

Afterwards we went to a pancake breakfast (with biscuits and sausage gravy) at the campground and went on a hike in the national park. Please check the video below for highlights. Stay tuned as we’ll take you on our first hike next post. Thanks for stopping by.

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