STARS: 3.75 out of 5
ELIZABETH FURNACE CAMPGROUND, NEAR NORTHERN ENTRANCE OF SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VIRGINIA: GPS 38.9290° N, 78.3269° W
We went to this park after being at Shenandoah River Campground, which also has an entry, and is really nice. That campground closed for a few days for hunting (!!), so we had to leave. I scouted several spots (also reviewed), and chose this location because it was easier access than the others.
We were there during the closed season, during which it is still open, but the main restrooms are closed. There are still two drop toilets that were clean and nice and well stocked with toilet paper. It was only $10/night!. Nice.
Site 28, which we were in, was very easy to back into. There was some road noise in that location, however, that some of the sites deeper in the campground wouldn't have. There were some better sites. One was 5 which has two parking pads and is a really large set up. Many of the sites on the first loop you come to are at the opposite angle to what an RVer would want to back into. Perhaps they were intended for tent campers? They are plenty big enough, even for big rigs, but it may be easier to back into them going the "wrong way" on the one way street. Obviously, check for incoming traffic before doing this, and scout your site first.
Another nice site is in the back loop, #10. The drawback to this site and to one of the other loops is that you have to cross over a very short but narrow "bridge". I should have taken a photo of it, but I didn't. It is NOT the bridge in the photos to the left. That bridge is a foot bridge from one day use spot to another. The bridge I'm referring to is only about 4 feet long, but it is narrow.
The dump was easy.
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