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Big Meadows Lodge +

Mile 51 on Skyline Drive - Shenandoah National Park

Luray, VA 22835

(877) 247-9261

Located in Shenandoah National Park at Mile 51 on the Skyline Drive, Big Meadows Lodge is located in the central section of the park with the highest concentration of visitor services available. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadows Wayside and Big Meadows campground are all located in this area.

Big Meadows Lodge is open mid-May through early November. The lodge is closed during the winter.

Our location along Skyline Drive is ideal for visitors to explore over 500 miles of hiking trails, including 101 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Experience breathtaking views from 75 overlooks along Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway. Visit regional wineries, antique shops and museums that are nearby.

Big Meadows has meeting space to accommodate up to 40 people. It’s a great venue for a managers' retreat or small, intimate social gathering. Call the Group Sales Office at 866-383-2922 for information.

We have 93 rooms ranging from historic main lodge rooms to comfortable, rustic motel-like units to small, cozy historic cabins. A limited number of suites and pet friendly rooms are also available. All rooms are equipped with coffee makers, hair dryers, and clock radios. Some rooms have TVs and air conditioning. There are no in-room phones but there are house phones in the service areas. Cell service reception is available from most rooms depending on your carrier. Calls can be received at the front desk – 540-999-2222 and messages will be delivered to your room. All rooms and public area plus 25 feet from buildings are smoke-free environments.

The Spottswood Dining Room menu items focus on healthy, fresh and organic ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served plus we offer a limited menu in the New Market Taproom from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m. Free family-friendly nightly entertainment is also featured in the taproom.

Guided horseback rides depart daily from the Skyland stables which is nine miles north of Big Meadows. Special events include monthly wine tastings, Shenandoah Mountain Guided Rock Climbing/Rappelling from Skyland, and monthly Night Skies presentations May through September in the big meadows area.

For more information, visit www.goshenandoah.com or call (877) 247-9261.

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