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024 Backpacking Itinerary Elevations and Water Sources for our Shenandoah National Park Trip

Posted by on August 13, 2014
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Bob Ward

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Published early because we’re leaving tonight at midnight.

Here’s the pre-show research I did…

From the PATC book, the number for reservations at Big Meadows Lodge is 800-999-4714 (however, this number is disconnected). So I called the number for federal and national park reservations (877-444-6777)–aka–and the receptionist told me they only book campsites, and that I should call…

877-247-9261 or visit for lodge reservations for Big Meadows Lodge, Skyland Resort, and Lewis Mountain Cabins.

So I called and the receptionist recommended I make reservations rather than just arriving. As of today, they have availability on the 25th in all three types of facilities: Lodge ($105), Cabin ($136), and Preferred Room ($177). All have access to hot showers, and the Preferred rooms have A/C.

I will talk to dad about this during tonight’s podcast, then probably book online tomorrow.

As for paying Dick to shuttle us from Luray to Rockfish Gap, I called Yellow Cab of Luray and the cost would be $120 total. It is $1 per mile, and the KC said it was about 120 miles. So although we are using Dick Hostelley, you could also just hire Yellow Cab. I will suggest we pay Dick slightly more, because he has been so helpful to us with info, and also will be on call if we need an extraction. Plus, Dick is a nice guy.

August 25th, the day we are staying at Big Meadows Lodge, is a 2014 NPS “Fee Free Day” in celebration of the National Park Services’s 98th birthday.


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