Trip report

Rapidan Camp, Shenandoah National Park

Hiking/Walk DATE: 08/25/2018 - 08/25/2018

Trip/Event Location: Shenandoah National Park, VA
US

Trip Leader(s): TrailGuyEric

Max # People: 15

Trip Guiding / Event Fee: No, I will not be asking participants for money

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

In Central Shenandoah National Park this is a hike to Rapidan Camp, the summer retreat established by President and Mrs. Herbert Hoover during his administration is located within the boundaries of...
Driving directions to the location and spot to meet at:

Meet at parking lot off Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, at Mile Marker 56.4.  Look for my 2018 burgundy Honda Ridgeline.


Trip Report/Photos

I began the hike a bit early, crossing the road from the parking lot and coming to a fork which I turned left and headed down Mill Prong Trail.  There were several springs along the way until I reach Mill Prong (creek) which following me all the back down to Rapidan Camp but passing a very nice waterfall, Big Rock Falls.  The camp, which had 13 different buildings, some of considerable size, now only has a handful of buildings left, mainly the Creel Cabin, The Brown House (Hoover’s cabin) and the Prime Minister’s cabin, home to about a half-dozen water snakes, which is a bit startling.  I saw 5 of them, two on the deck, and which were good- sized snakes.  I took a self-guided tour of the Prime Minister’s cabin and as happenstance would have it, I joined a group just about to enter Hoover’s Brown Cabin with a Park Tour guide.  After a short lunch, I headed up the Fork Mountain Horse trail before splitting off onto the Laurel Prong Trail.  At first this was a gentle rising trail but halfway up it was a rather steep and long climb back.  There were several places to stop and enjoy views through the open spaces between the trees.  The Laurel Prong Trail ended at the AT, which I took back to the parking lot.  The hike and walk around the camp totaled about 8.5 miles and 5.5 hours.  A good day’s hike.

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Members That Participated

TrailGuyEric

Outdoor Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenuous


Richmond, VA


United States
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