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    The phone system at JP Campground, MP 296.9, is currently out of order. Please refer to recreation.gov to make or change any reservations. For additional questions please refer to the camping opportunities section of our website. More »

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    Parkway officials urge all visitors to observe timers set on stop lights from MP242.4 at Alligator Back Parking Area to MP241. Work in the area involves 24-hour, 1-lane traffic control until November 2, 2014, when a full closure goes into effect.

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.

Note: Firewood from the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin should not be brought onto Parkway lands. The US Department of Agriculture has quarantined firewood from these states to prevent the spread of highly destructive insects that may be in the wood.

Parkway Campgrounds:

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.

  • Area hikes include: Trail of Trees, Otter Creek, Otter Lake Loop and James River Canal Trails.

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.

  • Area hikes include: Sharp Top, Elk Run, Harkening Hill and Johnson Farm Trails.

Rocky Knob (MP 167):This campground has sites for 81 tents and 28 trailer or RV's, restrooms, and trailer dumping stations, anda campfire circle that accommodates up to 150 campers. For map of campground and more, click here.

  • Area hikes include: Rockcastle Gorge, Black Ridge, Rocky Knob Picnic Area and Round Meadow Creek Trails.

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.

  • Area hikes include: Bluff Mountain, and Fodder Stack Trails.

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.

For boat rental info call 828-963-2292 or visithttp://pricelakeboatrentals.wix.com/blueridgeparkway

  • Area hikes include:Green Knob, Boone Fork, Price Lake, Gwyn Memorial and Tanawha Trails.

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.

  • Area hikes include: Flat Rock, Camp Creek, River Bend, Duggers Creek, and Linville River Bridge Trails

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.

  • Area hikes include: Buck Spring, Mount Pisgah, Picnic Area Loop and Frying Pan Mountain Trails.

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.

Limited opportunities for group camping are available in some areas. Call the nearest district office for details.

Ridge District (Milepost 0-106) 540-377-2377

Plateau District (Milepost 107-217) 540-745-9681

Highlands District (Milepost 218-305) 366-372-8568

Pisgah District (Milepost 306-469) 828-456-9530

Did You Know?

The Parkway in fall color

The Parkway uses short side roads to connect to other highways, and there are no direct interchanges with interstate highways, making it possible to enjoy wildlife and other scenery without stopping for cross-traffic.