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Camp Rapidan, Shenandoah National Park

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Rapidan Camp (also known at times as Camp Hoover) in Shenandoah National Park in Madison County, Virginia, was built by U.S. President Herbert Hoover and his wife Lou Henry Hoover, and served as their rustic retreat throughout Hoover's administration from 1929 to 1933. The first family's residential cabin was known as the "Brown House" in contrast to their more famous residence, the White House.

Rapidan Camp was precursor of the current presidential retreat, Camp David.

To visit Camp Rapidan on your trip to Shenandoah National Park, use our Shenandoah National Park travel route website.
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  • We walked down from Skyline Drive and found the trip completely enjoyable. Walking was easy, through beautiful woods. The Rapidan site itself is well-kept with informative signs. Buildings were.....  more »
  • This 4.0-mile (6.4k) round trip hike with an 870-foot (265m) elevation gain was our favorite hike during our most recent visit. The trailhead begins across the road from the Milan Gap parking area...  more »
  • This is a great hike and an interesting historical visit wrapped up together within Shenandoah NP. Nice and relatively easy 4 mile return hike. Some gentle inclines and declines with 3 stream...  more »
  • Interesting tour of President Hoovers retreat. Not a lot to see but it is a nice slice of nature and the National Parks ranger guide was excellent and well worth the $10 per person ticket price and the 3 hours spent.
  • Very interesting. We hiked in instead of using the van. Easy hike with 3 stream crossings but all either had logs or rocks to walk on without getting feet wet. One of the buildings was open for self exploration but there was also a ranger there assigned to host hikers and guide us through the main cabin. We got there a little late in the day but she was very accommodating to offer a great and interesting tour.
  • Cool history of the president and the camp. Nice that they can keep some of it there still.
  • It was very interesting to take the tour and learn about Pres. Hoover. I took the bus although it is possible to hike in. The Park Ranger was very informative. We did come across a snake but she advised that we would be okay if we stayed on the walkway.
  • A moderate hike through the woods that follows a stream. There is a small water fall and a few stream crossings. You will end at Rapidian camp. There was a ranger there when we arrived and got a free tour of president Hoover's Brown House. Trail head is at milam gap, 1 mile south of the visitor center.

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