Blue Ridge Parkway — camping, meandering along “America’s Favorite Drive”


+GrandfatherMountainSpring-viaductOver the course of my life, every time I traveled anywhere near the Blue Ridge Parkway … I made certain I hopped onto it for at least a few of the 469 slow, meandering miles through Virginia and North Carolina.

It is a mythical drive.

This “most visited” unit of the U.S. National Park Service is gearing up for the spring rush of camping visitors, according to a recent news release.

The Parkway’s eight campgrounds will be open by early May through late October. Find a  campground for the RV or tent by clicking here.

“All campgrounds have potable water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks, and a dump station for recreational vehicles. There are no showers or hook-ups. Each camp site includes a picnic table and fire ring.

“Camping is permitted only in designated campsites. Campsites are $16 per night. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, advance reservations can be made for all campgrounds except Crabtree Falls. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance by visiting or by calling 1-877/444-6777.

+GrandfatherMountainFALL-viaduct -“A Blue Ridge Parkway experience is unlike any other: a slow-paced and relaxing drive revealing stunning long-range vistas and close-up views of the rugged mountains and pastoral landscapes of the Appalachian Highlands. The Parkway meanders for 469 miles, protecting a diversity of plants and animals, and providing opportunities for enjoying all that makes this region of the country so special,” according to the National Park Service.

More information:
Blue Ridge Parkway
199 Hemphill Knob Rd., Asheville, NC 28803
Website: Blue Ridge Parkway
Phone: (828) 348-3400

This number is the main park headquarters line. A recorded park information line at (828) 298-0398 has the most updated information on facilities schedules, bloom and leaf information.

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Grandfather Mountain, Blue Ridge Parkway. Spring and Autumn. (Source: National Park Service)

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