The Natural Chimneys are a rare geologic wonder that sets the stage for an outdoor adventure. Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the regional park and campground is your base camp to this natural wonderland. The valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains in Virginia and is a fantastic camping destination for exploring the great outdoors.
Here is a review of the the Natural Chimneys Regional Park and Campground from About Camping Reader, Larry.
Location: Shenandoah Valley, Mount Solon, Virginia
Last visit: October, 2011
From Larry: Larry RV camped at Natural Chimneys Campground in October, 2011. He found the campground on the internet.
Campground Review and Description
Description: Natural Chimneys is a delightful campground with lots of trees and oversized spaces. We camped in a travel trailer and had one of the four full hook-up spaces. The on site campground host is available and enthusiastic. The campground sells out for two weekends in October for Halloween with full-blown decorations by many campers. Folks who live nearby drive in to "trick-or-treat" the campers. Lots of fun. No alcohol allowed. There are clean restrooms with hot showers, grassy spaces, gravel roads, children's playground, swimming pool open in summer, and a trout-fishing stream close by.
The county operates the campground. Easy access.
Pros, Cons, Attractions and Additional Comments
Pros: Good old-fashioned friendly camping with plenty of space.
Cons: Not really bad, but be sure to arrive in daylight because spaces are not well marked for locating in the dark. There are only four spaces with sewer.
Attractions: North River stocked yearly with trout (though we did not see any). Jousting tournaments twice each summer. Scenic highway especially nice for leaf peeping in the fall.
Additional Comments: Not a full service resort type park. No restaurant on site. Small grocery store about 2 miles away for essentials.
Natural Chimneys Camping and Travel Information
Located in the Mount Solon, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, the Natural Chimney Towers are a limestone rock formations that starting to form more than 500 million years ago. The area was a great inland sea during the Paleozoic era. Centuries ago when the sea receded the erosive natural forces of the water created week layers of stone and the towers were created. The Natural Chimneys tower as high as 120 feet above the Shenandoah Valley offering visitors a visually stunning natural wonder.
Natural Chimneys Regional Park and Campground welcomes day and overnight visitors to the area. There are 145 campsites with water and electrical hook-ups. There is a separate section for primitive tent campers with large walk-in campsites. Camping is available in season, on a 'first come, first serve basis' by advanced reservation or walk-ins/drive-ins.
In addition to the great outdoors, the park offers a Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a toddler swimming pool, picnic shelters available for rental and reservation, as well as a performance stage available for special events.