Welcome to Rapidan Camps
Fall Work Weekend: October 4–7
All volunteers are welcome! For more
information, see the Work Weekend Page
where you can join the Friends of Rapidan
The road is passable by experienced drivers in most vehicles, but includes some dinctinctly rough sections especially from the lower bridge to camp.
2013 Madison County Gate Opening Proposal
Rapidan Camps is opposed to opening the gate along the remote unimproved road along our property. View our statement.
Rapidan Camps is a cooperative camp, providing a secluded vacation retreat in
the Blue Ridge mountains. It is owned, operated, and maintained by a group of approximately 100 member families.
We rent to members and to responsible non-members. The camp consists
of five cabins, surrounded by forest land owned by the state of Virginia (the Rapidan Wildlife
Management Area), which is ringed by Shenandoah National Park. The Rapidan River, a pristine
cold-water mountain trout stream tumbling over large rocks, flows adjacent to the site, which is
approximately 15 miles from the town of Madison, Virginia, or 100 miles from Washington, DC, by
car—or about four miles from Big Meadows along Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail on foot.
The four original cabins were constructed by the US Marine Corps as an extension to Camp Hoover
(the predecessor of Camp David) within Shenandoah National Park one mile upriver.
Non-members may now receive confirmation of their reservations 90 days in