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Blue Ridge Parkway
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General Overview

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. It runs for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. The parkway has numerous campgrounds that are available to visitors.

Camping Information


The Blue Ridge Parkway offers several campgrounds along its route. Each campground typically has tent sites, RV spots, and facilities such as restrooms. Examples of campgrounds include Peaks of Otter, Doughton Park, Julian Price Park, Linville Falls, and Crabtree Falls among others.


Most campgrounds along the Blue Ridge Parkway are seasonally open, with the majority operating from May through October. Specific opening and closing dates may vary from one year to the next, so it's important to check dates before planning your trip.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Some campgrounds require reservations, which can be made through the Recreation.gov website or by calling their toll-free number. Other campgrounds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Fees: There is a nightly fee for camping, which varies based on the campground and the type of site. Discounts may be available for holders of the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior or Access Passes.

Facilities and Amenities

Basic Amenities

  • Restrooms: Campgrounds are equipped with restrooms, but showers are not commonly found.
  • Picnic Tables: Most campsites include a picnic table.
  • Fire Rings: Usually, there's a fire ring or a grill at each site for cooking.


  • Electric Hookups: Generally, there are no electric, water, or sewer hookups for RVs along the Parkway, making it a true nature retreat.
  • Water: Potable water spigots are available throughout the campgrounds.


  • Hiking: There are numerous trails of varying difficulties along the Parkway.
  • Biking: Cyclists are drawn to the Parkway for its challenging terrain and beautiful landscapes.
  • Fishing: Many areas are great for fishing, especially where the Parkway crosses streams and rivers.
  • Wildlife Watching: The Blue Ridge Parkway is known for its diverse wildlife and bird-watching opportunities.

Rules and Regulations

General Conduct

  • Wildlife: Do not feed the wildlife, and maintain a safe distance at all times.
  • Quiet Hours: Adhere to the quiet hours, typically from 10 pm to 6 am.
  • Alcohol: The possession and consumption of alcohol may be restricted. Check local regulations.

Fire Safety

  • Campfires: Keep fires small and within provided fire rings or grills. Make sure fires are completely extinguished before leaving them unattended.

Resource Protection

  • Leave No Trace: Follow Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash, using established trails, and not disturbing plant and animal life.
  • Camping Limit: There is often a limit to the number of consecutive nights one can stay at a campground to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the park.


  • Pets: If allowed, pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and attended at all times. Be sure to clean up after your pets.

Travel Tips and Advice


  • Weather: Be prepared for changing weather conditions and cooler temperatures at higher elevations, even during summer months.
  • Supplies: Bring all the necessary camping supplies since amenities along the Parkway are limited.


  • Wildlife Encounters: Know how to safely deal with any potential wildlife encounters.
  • Emergency Situations: Have a plan for emergencies, as cell phone coverage may be spotty.


  • Speed Limits: Observe speed limits and be alert for bicyclists and wildlife.
  • Fuel: Fill up on gas before getting on the Parkway since there are very few gas stations along the route.

Additional Information

For the most current information regarding closures, restrictions, and general advice, visit the National Park Service's official Blue Ridge Parkway website or contact the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

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