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 at Milepost 167.1.
Basin Cove in Doughton Park at Milepost 244.7.
Old John’s River in Julian Price Park at Milepost 296.9.
Call 828-348-3490 to request a first-come, first-served backcountry permit for any of the three locations listed above. Please leave a clear message including your name, phone number, and location that you would like a permit for so that your message can be routed to the correct office.
Backcountry camping permits may also be available at the campgrounds listed above during the operating season. 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
More information related to backcountry camping on the Blue Ridge Parkway is available on the park website.