Top Ten Unique National Park Lodges

Lewis Mountain Cabins, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
By David Scott & Kay Scott
  |  Gorp.com
Lewis Mountain Cabins, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
Lewis Mountain Cabins, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia (courtesy, Aramark Parks and Destinations)

6. Lewis Mountain Cabins, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
One of the smallest of national park lodging facilities, Lewis Mountain Cabins is comprised of nine one-story cabins, a hikers' cabin, and a registration building with a small store. Once designated as "separate but equal" facilities for African Americans, the structures that date from the 1930s are well-maintained both inside and out. Each has a private bathroom plus a small picnic pavilion with a table. The complex is in a heavily forested area that offers good hiking and lots of quiet. Early one morning we watched a young bear come out of the woods, climb a tree, look around, and then climb down to search the complex for something to eat. Limited groceries are sold at the small store, and the Big Meadows complex offers a restaurant and grill seven miles north on the parkway. Season: early May to late October; Rates: $79 for one-bedroom cabins; $107 for two-bedroom cabins; higher during weekends and fall foliage.

GORP.com's Shenandoah National Park Guide


David and Kay Scott are the authors of Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges (Globe Pequot Press). They live in Valdosta, Georgia. For more info on their travels and America's national park lodges visit their website.

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