View Full Version : Camp Rapidan - SNP

07-18-2018, 07:31
I first hiked to Camp Rapidan in late June and have been back several times. In the late 1920's - early 1930's President Hoover frequently vacationed there and invited world leaders to join him. It's a gentle 1.8 mile hike from the Milam Gap area and really worth the side trip. There are 6-8 of the original buildings still there and the foundation of others. A NPS volunteer just arrived at the camp and opens up the buildings every day. On Sunday afternoons there a shuttle from Byrd Visitors Center to the camp at 1400. Reservations required. Caution - lots of large snakes around the remaining structures and mowed areas. They're mostly large water snakes, though rattle snakes and copperheads have been reported this year.

07-19-2018, 08:37
I did a NPS tour to there a couple of years ago. It was a beautiful setting and an interesting place. I didn’t see any snakes, for which I’m quite glad. :-) The group DID see a bear, though. I loved the stream that ran through the camp.

08-06-2018, 07:36
That’s a beautiful spot to have lunch and a look around.

08-07-2018, 08:50
An interesting place for the history - not real impressive though. Guess that's why FDR said no thanks & built what was to become Camp David...