Northern Virginia 4-H Center

Spring Break Family Camping and Retreat Opportunities

Are you looking for a safe (and somewhat rustic) Spring retreat and/or camping trip to take with your family, significant other, or close immediate group of friends? Would you like to see Spring in bloom and explore the Appalachian Trail and the Shenandoah Mountains? Or perhaps you would like to hold a Spring camping outing for a Girl Scout, Boy Scout, Cub Scout Troop or other small youth group in which you are involved? If so, the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center might be just the place for you!


Location: Located in Front Royal, Virginia, just over an hour from the D.C. metro area, the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center provides options for an affordable family-friendly getaway, small group retreat, and/or camping.   The 4-H Center has opened-up our lodges and property to individuals, couples, families, and small groups looking to find an opportunity to safely get away for the weekend or during the week to escape to the outdoors and to enjoy and explore nature and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley.

Adjacent to Shenandoah National Park, the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center provides a great opportunity for those seeking to come and visit the mountains. The Center also offers a perfect and safe opportunity for families and groups that would like a camping — but perhaps not outdoors in a tent — experience.



Lodging: Families can rent a room and/or set up a tent on the property if they would like. The 4-H Center lodges have private rooms with dedicated Heat and A/C, twin-size bunks, and a private restroom/shower. Many of the rooms in the 4-H Center lodges are walk out directly, so no walking through a lobby. Guests provide their own bedding and toiletries.


Amenities: The 4-H Center has great hiking opportunities on-site including direct access to the Appalachian Trail from the property (10-minute direct hike to the AT). Recreation options on the property include lake fishing, basketball, tennis, disc golf, and lots of open green space for day activities or tent camping. We have picnic shelters and two campfire circles which can be rented and used by small groups.

Nearby: The 4-H Center is located just south of Front Royal and provides nearby amenities such as Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park, Luray Caverns, Dinosaur Land, canoeing on the Shenandoah River, 5 public golf courses, and several wineries, local shops, and eateries. Click here for more information on local attractions.



Cost: Cost is $100/room/night + tax and includes a boxed, continental breakfast. Rooms sleep 4 and can adjoin with the adjacent room to sleep 8 total.


COVID-19 Safety Measures: Note that to ensure the health of all 4-H Center staff and visitors, the 4-H Center is strictly adhering to State of Virginia COVID-19 requirements and Federal CDC guidelines for camps. Therefore, all visitors and 4-H Center Guests are required to wear facial coverings in lodge hallways, entering/exiting the Dining Hall, and any other times that social distancing cannot be maintained, indoors or outdoors.  The property is very large (229 acres), so that even when we are busy, it is easy to social distance for outdoor activities on the 4-H Center grounds.

Reservations/Additional Information: To make a reservation or for additional information call and speak to Chris Newlon, 4-H Center Reservations and Events Coordinator, 540-635-7171, or reach her by email at