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Short Business Description:

Hiking Trail

Street Address:

2842 Crockett Springs Rd, Shawsville, VA 24162

Hollins Around Town Description:

To get to Camp Alta Mons, you must drive on a winding road that is just narrow enough for two cars. There are mountains obscuring the next turn, a creek bordering the road, and plenty of beautiful Appalachian scenery that make it a beautiful adventure. The camp itself contains a beautiful creek, which if you follow it all the way, will lead you to a raging waterfall. The hike is fairly easy, with white dots marking the way. There are several creek crossings that make the hike quite the adventure! If you’re feeling especially brave, try climbing up to the top of the waterfall on a narrow path that requires hanging on to roots, rocks and whatever sturdy thing you can get your hands on! Overall, the hike is manageably challenging and filled with beautiful, shady sites of nature.

Business Phone Number:

(540) 268-2409


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Stiles Falls

Stiles Falls is a beautiful 40-foot waterfall located on Camp Alta Mons property in Shawsville, approximately 45 minutes from Roanoke.

Note that the trail is closed to the public while summer camps and winter camps are in session. Specific summer and winter camp dates can be viewed on the Camp Alta Mons website.

Dogs are also allowed to join the hike –  just be sure to clean up after them. Camp Alta Mons is a great place to plan a quick day trip or a weekend getaway by booking a retreat in an assortment of cabins or RV and tent camping.


Hike It

  • Starting at the camp office, walk up the road past the swimming pool, the retreat center, and the pond.
  • Continue down the dirt road until you see a sign indicating “Falls.”
  • Follow the trail to the falls crossing the creek three times before reaching the falls.
  • The trail is marked with white blazes and should end with a rock scramble.
  • Be sure to pick up any trash that may be left behind from your hike/visit.


From Roanoke – Take Exit 132 at Dixie Caverns onto Route 11/460 towards Shawsville. Continue for about 8 miles then turn left onto Alleghany Spring Road (Route 637). After approximately 6 miles, Camp Alta Mons will be on the right. Park your vehicle at the front of the property and walk up the road to the trail. Visitors should park at the front of the property and walk to the trailhead.

Add-On Adventures

  • Grab a beer and lunch or dinner at nearby Bull and Bones Brewhaus & Grill in Blacksburg.
  • Enjoy both Low and High Ropes courses offered at Camp Alta Mons. Perfect for team building and leadership skills.
  • Watch a drive-in movie by visiting the Starlite Drive-In Theater. Click here for movie options and times.
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Alta Mons

Alta Mons is the outdoor ministry of the Roanoke District of the United Methodist Church and encompasses over 850 acres of beautiful land in Shawsville, VA. Every year we have summer camp, which offers week, half-week, or day-long camping experiences for youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. Throughout the week our chaplain speaks to the campers about Christian topics like prayer, the church, and the love of Jesus. At night campers worship together around a campfire. Campers experience small group bonding with their units during arts and crafts, field games, and sessions at the Nature Hut.  Each Wednesday all resident campers participate in Home in the Woods, where campers and staff set up campsites, cook their dinner over a fire, and sleep under the stars. Every camper receives a camp t-shirt (included with the cost of registration) that they will tie dye during their time at camp. Don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime—register today!

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Business Review

"My child's confidence, faith and friendship mean so much to us as parents." -- camper parent
"The first thing he (a camper) said when we picked him up was, 'Can I come next year?' It was his first time at camp and (he) didn't know any staff or campers prior to camp."-- camper parent
"I enjoy Camp Alta Mons so much. It has changed my life." -- summer camper
"I have never felt more at home anywhere else than here." -- Jacob Dickerson, former camper and current staff member
"Being able to work here has been one of the best experiences of my life." -- Likeith Saunders, former staff member


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About This Campground

Alta Mons is a United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center located in Shawsville, VA. We have 7 tent camping sites and 37 RV camping sites (water and electric only; we do have a dump station).

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  • Park next to your campsite
  • Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike a trail to your campsite

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        $20 - $30 / night

        For information regarding reservations, contact this campground directly.


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