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Camping on the Parkway

Otter Creek campground entrance

Entrance station to Otter Creek Campground in Virginia.

NPS photo

Camping is a traditional and enjoyable way for families to enjoy their National Parks. On the Blue Ridge Parkway, nine campgrounds serve the visitor from early May through the fall color season. Camping is $16 for all campgrounds. 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. Click here for more information from the USDA.

Otter Creek (MP 61) is closed for the 2013 season.

Peaks of Otter (MP 86) near the Peaks of Otter Lodge, Abbott Lake, the restored 1930s Johnson Farm, and a magnificent trail system. Reservations can be made for portions of this campground on-line at RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444 6777.

Roanoke Mountain (MP 120) is closed for the 2013 season.

Rocky Knob (MP 167) has two loops open for the 2013 season; Loop A (Tents & RVs) and Loop T (RVs) will be open. Rocky Knob Campground provides easy access to Rockcastle Gorge and is just nine miles from Mabry Mill. Reservations can be made for portions of this campground on-line at RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444 6777.

Doughton Park (MP 241) has two loops open for the 2013 season; Loop A (RVs) and upper Loop B (vans, trailers, and tents). Doughton Park is near Basin cove and an extensive trail system. Reservations can be made for portions of this campground on-line at RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444 6777.

Julian Price Park (MP 297) near Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina and close to the Moses Cone Estate. This is the Parkway's largest campground and reservations can be made for portions of this campground on-line at RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444 6777.

Linville Falls (MP 316) on the Linville River and with access to the trail system into Linville Gorge Wilderness Area. Reservations can be made for portions of this campground on-line at RECREATION.gov or by calling 1-877-444 6777. Open in early April.

Crabtree Falls (MP 340) is closed for the 2013 season.

Mt. Pisgah (MP 408) is the highest Parkway campground at almost 5,000 feet elevation. Formerly part of the Vanderbilt Estate and near the US Forest Service's Cradle of Forestry site. Reservations can be made for portions of this campground on-line 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 106 - 217, 540 745 9681), Highlands District (Milepost 217 - 305, 336 372 8568), Pisgah District (Milepost 305-469, 828 350 3821.)

Did You Know?

Graceful curves and old fences along the Parkway

The Blue Ridge Parkway was designed as a recreational motor road, connecting Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks.