Big Meadows Lodge
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51 Skyline Drive
Shenandoah Natl Park, Virginia 22835
Shenandoah National Park's Big Meadows Lodge consists of a historic main lodge plus five cabins and a half-dozen one- and two-story lodge buildings that offer a total of 97 guestrooms. The complex of buildings is fairly compact so that guests find it relatively easy to walk from any of the lodge or cabin rooms to the main lodge, which houses the dining room, a great room, tavern, and TV room. The dining room, great room, and some of the guestrooms offer excellent views of the beautiful(+) More
Shenandoah National Park's Big Meadows Lodge consists of a historic main lodge plus five cabins and a half-dozen one- and two-story lodge buildings that offer a total of 97 guestrooms. The complex of buildings is fairly compact so that guests find it relatively easy to walk from any of the lodge or cabin rooms to the main lodge, which houses the dining room, a great room, tavern, and TV room. The dining room, great room, and some of the guestrooms offer excellent views of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The lodging complex sits at 3,510 feet in a heavily forested area that offers respite from the heat and humidity of the valley during summer.
The lodge has six categories of accommodations that range from rustic rooms in the main lodge building to mini-suites and suites in the one-story lodge buildings. Two-story lodge units, Doubletop and Rapidan, were remodeled in 2007 and offer balconies or patios with excellent valley views. These are the only units in Big Meadows with air-conditioning. These two buildings are our favorite lodging units at Big Meadows even though they rent for only a little less than the mini-suites and suites that do not have valley views.
Unlike lodges in big, busy parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone, Big Meadows is a place to relax, especially during the fall when the air is crisp and the leaves are turning gold, orange, and red. The great room in the main lodge provides a peaceful environment in which to read, play board games, or relax and enjoy the views through the large picture windows. The stone patio in back is a favorite place for many lodge guests who desire tranquility while taking in some of the best scenery that America has to offer.(-) Close
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Family Review of Big Meadows Lodge
- If you're expecting old-fashioned lodge food inside Big Mountain's dining room, you're in for a surprise: The menu is more gourmet than down-home cooking, and its prices reflect that.
You can choose from suites, hotel-like guest rooms, and cabin accommodations. Some rooms have fireplaces and satellite cable, while others are more rustic. Amenities in most rooms are basic: a coffeemaker and a clock radio, no phones, and in many cases, no television. But guests don't come here to hang around indoors: between hiking, birdwatching, nightly family activities, and just relaxing outdoors and watching the night skies, you won't miss the TV at all.(-) Close
Active and Adventure Review of Big Meadows Lodge
- Big Meadows has only a few rooms with unobstructed views of the valley, so ask ahead if this is important to you.
- You can get a taste of some moonshine-based cocktails at the lodge pub, which also serves food and has free nightly entertainment. As there are no nearby places to drive for snacks and drinks, plan ahead if you want something for your room.
Parks and Outdoors Review of Big Meadows Lodge
- Nearby Big Meadows, which covers 100 acres and ranks as the park's largest open area, is popular with a great variety of both resident and migratory birds, as well as with birders.
- The lodge is close to the Appalachian Trail and is served by a network of signposted trails; one of those trails links the lodge itself to Lewis Falls (a 3.3-mile roundtrip).
- Located close to Skyline Drive milepost 52, the lodge serves as a convenient starting point for scenic drives north and south in the park.