Camping on the Parkway
Camping is a traditional and enjoyable way to enjoy National Parks. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, seven campgrounds serve the visitor from early May through the fall color season. For the current schedule of campground seasonal dates, click here.
Camping is permitted only in designated campsites.
Otter Creek (MP 61): This campground has sites for 45 tents and 24 RV trailers. Facilities currently include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups. For map of campground and more info, click here.
Peaks of Otter (MP 86):This campground has sites for 90 tents and 53 trailers or RV's, water, comfort stations with flush toilets and cold water sinks but no showers or hook-ups. For map of campground and more info, click here.
Rocky Knob (MP 167): This campground has sites for 81 tents and 28 trailer or RVs, restrooms, trailer dumping stations, and a campfire circle that accommodates up to 150 campers. For map of campground and more, click here. For the more adventurous, backcountry camping is permitted at the designated site in Rock Castle Gorge. A permit is required and can be obtained from the Rocky Knob Campground (540-745-9664) from May-October and 540-745-9668 during the off season. For those in primitive camping areas, keep in mind the following: camping and campfires are only allowed in designated areas, only dead firewood may be gathered for fuel, pack out all trash, do not use soap or shampoo in any streams, and toilet facilities must be at least 200 feet from water supplies.
Doughton Park (MP 241):This campground has 110 campsites and 25 trailer sites, 4 comfort stations, and a campfire circle at the campground. For map of campground and more info, click here.
Julian Price Park (MP 297):This campground has 129 tent sites (2 handicap sites) and 68 trailer sites, 6 comfort stations (1 handicap accessible). For map of campground and more info, click here.
Linville Falls (MP 316): This campground has 50 tent and 20 RV sites which sit on the banks of the Linville River. It is the Parkway's smallest, most popular campground and the only developed site on the Parkway that allows group camping. For map of campground and more info, click here.
Crabtree Falls (339.5): This campground has 71 tent and 22 RV sites. Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is a 2.5-mile, strenuous hike to the 70-foot-tall falls. The brilliant pink crabtree blossoms each May and was once the cornerstone of this area's wildflower display. Though there are hardly any crabtrees here now, the area still offers an impressive array of wildflowers each spring.
Mt. Pisgah (MP 408):This campground has 70 tent and 70 RV sites and shower facilities are available. The campground is the highest, coolest and most secluded on the Parkway. The campground is located in Flat Laurel Gap. For map of campground and more info, click here.
Camping is $16 for each site. Reservations for portions for ALL campgrounds can be made online at recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.