You will know when you've reached Big Meadows. It’s where the forest gives way to a large open area on a 3,500-foot plateau just south of Skyline Drive near milepost 52. Covering more than 100 acres, it is by far the largest open area in the park, although its origins are a mystery. Visitors can take in the sweeping views and encounter abundant wildlife, particularly birds, deer, and summertime butterflies among the woodland-fringed expanse of grasses, sedges, and wildflowers (including some rare species). A convenient visitor center, lodge, campground, and other amenities are located on the far side of Skyline Drive.

 
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Expert Review of Big Meadows

Parks and Outdoors Review of Big Meadows

Away Travel Expert: Paul Elliott
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Camping,Day Hiking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Big Meadows ranks as one of the park's best birding spots, especially in the warm-weather months, when the meadows come alive with a colorful mix of resident and migratory species.
  • Stop by at Big Meadows in the fall, preferably on a day when a northwest wind is blowing, to watch the migrating hawks—and occasional eagle—streaming overhead (dress warmly).
  • Extend your birding range—and also get exercise—by doing an easy woodland circuit hike from Big Meadows to Rapidan Camp (Herbert Hoover's former fishing retreat on the Rapidan River).

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