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Camping

Parkway Campgrounds

Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.

The Parkway’s 8 campgrounds were built years ago and do not offer hookups, but most have at least some sites that will accommodate sizeable recreational vehicles, and all offer restrooms (showers are available at Mt. Pisgah campground only), drinking water, picnic tables and grills.

These campgrounds are open from May - October with fees charged on a per night basis, which includes two adults over age 18. Children accompanied by an adult camp free. Reservations may be made for some sites in advance, and is only available at select campgrounds. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov or call toll-free 877-444-6777. As a general rule, demand is higher on weekends and holidays. 

Group camping is available only at Linville Falls Campground. Call 828-765-6082 for more information. In addition, limited backcountry camping is available via permit at Basin Cove in Doughton Park 336-372-8568 and Rock Castle Gorge 540-745-9661. Camping outside of designated campgrounds (or without a permit at backcountry sites) is prohibited.

Campgrounds in proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway

Many private and state camping facilities, offering a range of amenities to tent and RV campers, are available throughout the Parkway region.

Visit our Lodging-Campgrounds & RV Parks page for a complete list or Download the Blue Ridge Parkway Camping Brochure for a quick reference.

 

Highlights & Happenings

  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • The Brinegar Cabin, craft demonstrations, and diverse hiking options and make Doughton Park a must-experience destination along the Parkway.
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation.
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge 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.
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • 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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