Camping

Firewood Regulations: Only heat-treated firewood that is bundled and certified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) or a state department of agriculture may be brought onto the Parkway. Campers may also collect dead and down wood found in the immediate vicinity of campgrounds and picnic areas.

Certified heat-treated firewood is packaged and clearly marked with a state or federal seal. Heat-treated wood is available from a growing list of private businesses in communities around the Parkway. Concessioners at Peaks of Otter Sharp Top Store, Price Lake Boat Rental, Linville Falls Visitor Center, and Pisgah Inn Country Store sell heat-treated firewood during their operating season (typically May-November). Visit
firewoodscout.org for a map of local stores and businesses that sell certified firewood. Additional information about this regulation.

Developed Campgrounds

The Parkway's eight campgrounds are open from May through late October, weather permitting. Current schedule of campground seasonal dates. All campgrounds have potable water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. Showers are available at Julian Price and Mount Pisgah campgrounds. There is a $3.00 fee for non-campers to use showers or dump stations. Each camp site includes a picnic table and fire ring.

Camping is permitted only in designated campsites. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis at a fee of $20 per night. In addition, advance reservations can be made for all campgrounds except Crabtree Falls. The fee for campsites reserved in advance in $20 per night. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance by visiting www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Reservations are not accepted for the final week of the season to accommodate possible early closing due to inclement weather.

Please follow all campground regulations.

 
Campground Milepost

Tent
Sites

RV
Sites

Wheelchair
Access
Sites

Activities Showers

Otter Creek

Map

Reservations

60.8 45 24 1
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor Center
No

Peaks of Otter

Map

Reservations

85.9 86 58 1
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor Center
  • Ranger Programs
No

Explore Park

115 Please visit Explore Park's website for information about camping and activities.

Rocky Knob

Map

Reservations

167.1 81 28 0
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor Center
No

Doughton Park

Map

Reservations

239.2 110 25 2
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
No

Julian Price

Map

Reservations

297.0 119 78 5
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Ranger Programs
Yes

Linville Falls

Map

Reservations

316.4 50 20 2
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor Center
  • Ranger Programs
No

Crabtree Falls

Map

All sites are first-come, first-served.

339.5 70 22 4
  • Hiking
No

Mount Pisgah

Map

Reservations

408.8 64 62 3
  • Hiking
  • Ranger Programs
Yes
 

Backcountry Camping

The Parkway has three backcountry campgrounds. Backcountry camping is permitted only at designated sites. A permit is required for backcountry camping.

  • Rock Castle Gorge near Rocky Knob (MP 167.1)
  • Basin Cove near Doughton Park (MP 239.2)
  • Johns River Road near Julian Price Park (MP 296.9)

Group Camping

Group Camping is available through reservation only at Linville Falls Campground. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777. Limit of 20 people per site. Rate:$35 per night.

Nearby Campgrounds

Numerous campgrounds are located in communities, and on state and federal lands, adjacent to the parkway. Many of these offer amenities such as water and electric hookups. Please check Virginia state parks, North Carolina state parks, and the US Forest Service for additional camping options. City and county parks and recreation departments, or tourism departments, also provide camping information.

 

Hiking Trails Near Campgrounds

 
Area Trails
Otter Creek Trail of Trees, Otter Creek, Otter Lake Loop, James River Canal
Peaks of Otter Sharp Top, Elk Run, Harkening Hill, Johnson Farm
Rocky Knob Rock Castle Gorge, Black Ridge, Rocky Knob Picnic Area, Round Meadow Creek
Doughton Park Bluff Mountain, Fodder Stack
Julian Price Green Knob, Boone Fork, Price Lake, Gwyn Memorial, Tanawha
Linville Falls Flat Rock, Camp Creek, River Bend, Duggers Creek, Linville River Bridge
Crabtree Falls Crabtree Falls Loop Trail
Mount Pisgah Buck Spring, Mount Pisgah, Picnic Area Loop, Frying Pan Mountain

Last updated: October 2, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

199 Hemphill Knob Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

Phone:

(828) 348-3400

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