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Camping Along the Parkway

On and Off-Parkway Campgrounds

Spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings by camping while traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway. Campgrounds on the Parkway are open seasonally, while many privately-owned campgrounds just off the Parkway are open year-round. To find a campground, check the list below, use our interactive map, or view the brochure to locate a campground in a specific area. To determine availability for privately-owned campgrounds, you’ll need to contact the campground directly via telephone or website.

What to Know About Parkway Campgrounds

All Parkway Campgrounds offer restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables and grills. Showers are only available at Mt. Pisgah Campground and Price Park Campground. To make a reservation or find details about which public campgrounds are open and have availability, visit www.recreation.gov. Camping in the Parkway’s Campgrounds is only allowed when the campground is open.

Camping on Parkway lands outside of designated campgrounds or without a permit at backcountry sites is prohibited.

Motorhomes, RVs and Travel Trailers

The Parkway’s eight campgrounds were built years ago and do not offer RV hookups. Most Parkway campgrounds have at least some sites that will accommodate sizeable recreational vehicles. There are many private campgrounds in communities available just off the Access Points of the Parkway with full RV hookups and amenities.

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Campgrounds on the Parkway in Virginia

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 60 – 63.8: James River Visitor Center and Otter Creek Campground Recreational opportunities here include hiking, camping, picnicking and fishing. An accessible fishing pier on Otter Lake provides opportunities for visitors with impaired mobility to fish for warm water species. A pedestrian walkway…
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 85.6 – 90.9: Peaks of Otter 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. Native Americans passed through the area while…
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 161.1 – 176.1: Mabry Mill, Rocky Knob Visitor Center and Campground, Rock Castle Gorge National Recreation Trail  Spanning Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 167 – Milepost 174, Rocky Knob comprises 4,800 acres and 15 miles of hiking trails. The 3,500-acre Rock Castle Gorge is within Rocky Knob, with…

Campgrounds on the Parkway in North Carolina

Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 238.5 – 241: Doughton Park Visitor Information Station and Park Store, and Brinegar Cabin Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and…
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 296.7: Price Park A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain named in honor of Julian Price comprises this popular park. Julian Price Memorial Park lies directly adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest…
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 316.3 – 317.8: Linville Falls Visitor Center and Park Store Trails near the Linville Falls Visitor Center lead to the breathtaking three-tiered Linville Falls over the Linville Gorge via both strenuous and moderate hikes. The steep-walled Gorge is known as the “Grand Canyon…
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 339.5 – 340.2: Crabtree Falls Crabtree Falls is accessed by one of two routes: a three-mile total hike that leads to the base of the falls or a more strenuous 3.5-mile loop trail that leads to the top of the waterfall. Visitors say,…
Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 408.6: Mount Pisgah and Pisgah Inn & Restaurant Mount Pisgah’s spectacular views, hiking trails, picnic area, campground, lodge, restaurant, and country store make this area a popular destination along the Blue Ridge Parkway. For generations, Pisgah has been a popular mountain retreat for travelers. Pisgah…
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Good to Know

Seasonal Operation of Parkway Campgrounds & Reservations
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Parkway Campgrounds are normally open from May – October. Fees are 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, at select campgrounds. As a general rule, demand is higher on weekends and holidays. First-come first-serve sites are available at ALL Parkway campgrounds.

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Camping on the Parkway

When Do I Need a Permit?
Group & Backcountry Camping

Group camping on the Parkway is available only with a permit at Linville Falls Campground. Call 828-765-6082 for more information.

Limited backcountry camping on the Parkway is available via (free) permit only in these locations:

  • Rock Castle Gorge in Rocky Knob. Milepost 167.1. Call campground at 540-745-9664 May- October, or district office at 540-745-9660 in the off season.
  • Basin Cove in Doughton Park. Milepost 244.7. Call campground at 336-372-8877 May-October, or district office at 828-348-3487 in the off season.
  • Old John’s River in Julian Price Park. Milepost 296.9. Call campground at 828-963-5911 May-October, or district office at 828-348-3510 in the off season.

Backcountry camping permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and are available at applicable campgrounds from May 1 to October 31. From November 1 through April 30, permits are available at the corresponding District Office (phone numbers listed above). Site inventory is limited, so advance reservations are encouraged.

Permits are issued under the following conditions:

  • no more than 6 people per campsite
  • group size is limited
  • permits cannot be issued for more than 3 consecutive nights
  • the approximate dates and location of entry and exit, number of overnight campers, and identification of any vehicles parked overnight are required for permit issuance

Permits may be acquired by phone only from district offices closest to backcountry site location. More information related to backcountry camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway is available on the park website.

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