Shelters and tents up to 20 feet by 20 feet in size may be erected for the purposes of picnicking in designated picnic areas. Camping is prohibited in picnic areas, and shelters may not be left up overnight.
No modifications (i.e. digging, leveling) may be made to the picnic site to facilitate the erection of a tent or shelter. No stakes or in ground anchors are allowed.
Picnic areas are designed for temporary occupancy. Large shelters and tents detract from the scenic and historic nature of the area, and detract from other visitors' experiences.
Index to Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent's Compendium