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Down By The River Campground +

292 River Campground Rd.

Pineola, NC 28662

(828) 733-5057

Make our centrally located Down by the River Campground your home away from home as you enjoy the outstanding attractions and breathtaking scenes found in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our unique campground is located on the Linville River just minutes from Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our campers love our spacious, level, landscaped sites. All sites are full hookup with firepits and many are pull through.

The campground roads are paved as well as all patio sites so don’t forget your bikes. Pets enjoy the pet park and large grassy field. Bring your fishing gear and hook a mountain trout or just sit and relax in front of our outside fireplace.

We can accommodate groups, large rigs, and tents. Our large activity center is complete with a pool table, multigame table for children and we offer daily activities including cards, games, dance classes, horseshoes and more.

For those of you who love to eat, our potluck lunches and breakfast will hit the spot. Check out our webpage at www.downbytherivercampground.com. We would love to talk with you about visiting our campground so give us a call at 828-733-5057. We look forward to hearing from you.

Highlights & Happenings

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  • Price Park is a haven for relaxation and recreation with the 47-acre Price Lake as its focal point. Visitors enjoy one of the most popular and largest picnic areas on the Parkway, along with camping, boating and fishing on Price Lake, and ample oppor
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  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors.
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
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