Thing to Do

Rapidan Camp

An historic cabin with a large porch sits in the middle of a forest.

A hike to the rustic getaway of President Herbert Hoover and First Lady Lou Henry Hoover. Today, this restful spot features exhibits on the First Couple and their perspectives. This hike features three stream crossings, each about eight feet wide, which may be difficult to cross, depending on the amount of recent rainfall. Take your time crossing and turn around if you feel uncomfortable. If you are unable to do the hike, you can still take a virtual tour of Rapidan Camp.

Distance: 4-mile round trip hike
Difficulty: Moderate (explanation of our hiking difficulty scale)
Hiking Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Elevation Gain: 870 feet

Hike Description 

  1. From the Milam Gap parking area (mile 52.8), cross Skyline Drive and take the Appalachian Trail a few feet to the trailpost.
  2. Go left onto the blue-blazed Mill Prong Trail.
  3. At the second stream crossing, stay right on the yellow-blazed Mill Prong Horse Trail and follow it downhill to the camp.
  4. Return by the same route.

The average hiking duration does not take into consideration fitness, exploration, rest, contemplation, etc.


Pets must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet at all times.

An entrance fee is required to get into Shenandoah National Park.

The trailhead for this hike is located at the Milam Gap parking area. 

Year Round
Accessibility Information

This trail does not meet ADA accessibility guidelines.

Shenandoah National Park

Map of area around Rapidan including notable trails and roads

Download the trail map
Click the image to download the trail map. Print it out at home or save it to your phone to take with you on your hike.

Last updated: June 30, 2021