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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
    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... 
    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 »
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  • Great find of this hidden gem and historic landmark. Mostly downhill from the Milam Gap parking lot. Return trip is all up hill. Three creek crossing.
  • Super nice w waterfalls and history. Pics on Laurel Prong and Milam gap trail

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