National Park Service Campgrounds
camping at campgrounds along the Blue Ridge Parkway
Camping is a traditional way for families to enjoy their National Parks. The Blue Ridge Parkway offers nine tranquil and scenic campgrounds to enhance your journey along America's Favorite Drive. They come equipped with restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables and grills, and most can accommodate sizable recreation vehicles.
Campgrounds are open from May through the autumn foliage in October, with a per night charge of $16. Reservations may be made at Price Park, Linville Falls and Mt. Pisgah campgrounds. All other campgrounds and sites are first come, first serve. To make a reservation call toll-free 877 444-6777. Reserved sites are $19 per night. As a general rule demand is higher on weekends and holidays.
Campsites also offer ready access to parts of the Parkway's 350 miles of hiking trails for travelers who want to explore on foot, but keep in mind that campgrounds are at elevations of more than 2,500 feet and dressing in layers is suggested all year.
Be sure to ask about Ranger talks and campfire programs that are given on weekends and occasionally during the week.
Otter CreekMilepost 61 is located at the parkways lowest elevation near Virginia's James River.
Peaks of OtterMilepost 86 is near the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Abbott Lake, the restored 1930s Johnson Farm, and a magnificent trail system
Roanoke MountainMilepost 120 with easy access to Roanoke, the largest city along the Parkway corridor
Rocky KnobMilepost 167 with easy access to Rockcastle Gorge and just nine miles from Mabry Mill
Doughton ParkMilepost 241 near Basin Cove, Bluffs Lodge and an extensive trail system
Julian Price ParkMilepost 297 near Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina and close to the Moses Cone Estate. Limited backcountry camping available. This is the Parkway's largest campground
Linville FallsMilepost 316 on the Linville River with access to the trail system into the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area.
Crabtree MeadowsMilepost 340 near Crabtree Falls Trail and within fifteen miles of Mt. Mitchell State Park
Mt. PisgahMilepost 408 is the highest Parkway campground at almost 5000 feet elevation. Formerly part of the Vanderbilt Estate and near the Us Forest Service's Cradle of Forestry site.