Big Meadows is a recreational area along the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. In 1935, President Roosevelt used Big Meadows as the site for the dedication of Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park.
Big Meadows, at an altitude of over 3500 feet, holds two state records for the greatest snowfall.
The area contains the Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center, Big Meadow Lodge, a camping and picnic area and camp store. Visitors on Skyline Drive stop by to picnic, camp, shop for souvenirs and take in the vistas. There are several hiking trails available, along with horseback riding.
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Statue of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, who taught at VMI before becoming a Confederate general who fought and died in the American Civil War, gazes across the VMI Parade grounds. Photo: Burton R. Floyd