Camp near Crabtree Meadows in GWNF

Meadows Lane, Virginia

based on 1 reviews


Added by Spencer Marfing

These are free campsites provided by the National Forest Service, located next to some of the best hikes in GWNF. Within minutes of camp you'll have hiking access to the Appalachian Trail, Crabtree Falls, Spy Rock, and The Priest.

As stated, the campsites are free. They do not require reservations or permits and are on a first come, first served basis. Regardless of which direction you're coming from, you will be traveling on Crabtree Falls Highway until reaching Meadows Lane. This is a gravel access road that requires 4WD. I've read about people getting there fine in 2WD cars, but you will be driving across streams and up a bumpy narrow road through the mountains so keep that in mind.

After driving a couple miles along the road, you will start to see campsites off to the side. They are designated by a National Forest marker that indicates it's a campsite. In total there are about 12 campsites in this area. Some are bigger, so depending on your group size find the right one that works for you. 

If you continue driving along this road you will soon come to the Upper Crabtree Falls parking area. Here you will find a pit toilet that's a nice convenience to have. A little past the parking area there are a few more campsites directly next to Crabtree Meadows. If they're not already taken, I would recommend camping here. Before you get the fire roaring, grab a headlamp and go stargaze in the meadow. 

From these campsites you can walk to the Appalachian Trail, Crabtree Falls, and The Priest. Spy Rock is nearby and takes only a couple minutes driving to get there.  

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Camp near Crabtree Meadows in GWNF Reviews

Drove down this way a few weeks back to checkout the location. Its a great spot if you have a 4WD SUV, I'll be coming back for a full overnight this fall.

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