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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.

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  • 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 »
  • We did the hike to Camp Rapidan via the Mill Prong Trail- 3.7 miles out and back, 870 feet of elevation. The trail is downhill to the camp and uphill coming back, but the uphill is gradual and not...  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.

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