Campgrounds

Our Campground

Downriver Canoe Company maintains a primitive campground in a spectacular riverside setting called Golden Rock Campground. It is located right at Compton Rapid, the midpoint of the two day river trips. The facility provides fresh water, portable toilets, picnic tables, and firepits, but no showers or hot water. Tent camping only is allowed. On weekends, camping at Golden Rock Campground is exclusively for customers paddling canoes, kayaks or rafts on first-leg or multi-day trips.

River Front Campgrounds

GOLDEN ROCK CAMPGROUNDS
540-635-5526

This is our very own campground located riverside at Compton Rapid, the prettiest spot on the river. On weekends, camping at Golden Rock Campground is exclusively for customers paddling canoes, kayaks or rafts on first-leg or multi-day trips. Tent camping only is allowed, no RV’s or pop-ups. Call Downriver Canoe Company for more details.

LOW WATER BRIDGE
(540) 635-7277

www.lowwaterbridgecampgrounds.com

Located just across the low water bridge from Downriver Canoe Company’s base in Bentonville. This small, friendly riverside campground offers a total of sixty sites, many with hook-ups for RV’s, and many right on the river. They also have three camping cabins.

MASSANUTTEN CANOE COMPANY CAMPGROUND
(540) 636-4724

https://goo.gl/maps/nwW7isjGYa18uuwB8

They no longer do river trips, but all of the ten large campsites are right on the river (but you have to share it with the cows). Located just five miles up river from Downriver Canoe Company. Reservations only, no hook-ups, tent camping only.

JR’S CAMPGROUND
(540) 743-3298
http://www.jrcampground.com/

Nestled in a beautiful riverside setting fifteen miles up river from Downriver Canoe Company. This lovely, small campground offers tent camping only with no hook-ups. The owner is a retired dairy farmer, a very interesting person if a bit eccentric.

RIVER RIGHT CAMPGROUND
800-433-PARK

This campground is part of the relatively new Andy Guest Shenandoah River State Park which borders Downriver Canoe Company’s base in Bentonville. The campground is located four miles downstream from Downriver Canoe Company. There are nine beautiful sites along the river, tent camping only, no hook-ups. You must reserve through the Virginia State Park system at 800-433-park.

RUFFNER’S CAMPGROUND
(540) 743-5753

Located twenty-two miles up river from Downriver Canoe Company. This lovely campground has a beautiful riverside setting, but it is tiny. Tent camping only, no hook-ups. Reservations only.

OUTLANDERS CAMPGROUND
(540)743-5540
outlandersrivercamp.com

Located about 30 minutes south of Downriver Canoe Company this newly opened campground is on the river just west of Luray.

Larger Commercial Campgrounds

YOGI BEARS JELLYSTONE PARK
800-420-6679
www.campluray.com

A first rate, large commercial campground located about twenty minutes south of Downriver Canoe Company. They have excellent facilities with mini-golf, two big swimming pools, and even water slides. Most sites have full hook-ups, and they have both rustic and full service cabins.

COUNTRY WAYE CAMPGROUND
888-765-7222
https://rvexpeditioners.com/the-country-waye-campground/

A quiet, smaller RV campground located about fifteen minutes south of Downriver Canoe Company. Mid valley location with great views and camping cabins available. Different and Delightful.

FRONT ROYAL RV CAMPGROUND
(540) 635-2741

Rustic mountainside location about fifteen minutes north of Downriver Canoe Company with full hook-ups, camping cabins, and a large waterslide.

National Forest Campgrounds

ELIZABETH FURNACE CAMPGROUND
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recarea/?recid=81797
Located about twelve miles of back road from Downriver Canoe Company, this lovely, wooded campground is located along Passage Creek in the George Washington National Forest at the entrance to Fort Valley.

CAMP ROOSEVELT
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gwj/recarea/?recid=73633
Located about thirty miles from Downriver Canoe Company this remote campground is deep in the national forest in upper Fort Valley.

Shenandoah National Parks Campgrounds

MATHEWS ARM CAMPGROUND
https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Located about a forty-five minute drive from Downriver Canoe Company in the northern section of Shenandoah National Park (but only about 6 miles from us as the crow flies). Rustic tent and RV camping on top of the mountain in a wooded location. Campfires are allowed in park established fire rings.

BIG MEADOWS CAMPGROUND
https://www.nps.gov/shen/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm

Again, camping in a serene wooded mountain top setting. Campfires are allowed in park established fire rings.  Located about an hour’s drive from Downriver Canoe Company in the central section of the park.