Spring and fall are two of the best seasons for camping in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. The average temperature is around 70 degrees and the humidity is close to zero. It’s the perfect time to breathe deep, see for miles from mountaintops, and enjoy the wondrous beauty of Virginia’s outdoors.
Whether you enjoy pitching a tent for two or driving a luxury motorhome, Virginia’s Blue Ridge has a campground for you. Plan now for your next excursion.
The camping season ends October 31, which means you have just enough time to get in a Blue Ridge Parkway peak fall foliage camping experience. Enjoy nearby hikes like the climb up Sharp Top & Flat Top Mountains, and take in the beautiful views along Abbott Lake. While nearly any size RV or coach can be accommodated, the sites are not full hookup. Flush toilets are available but showers are not.
Another campground along the Blue Ridge Parkway is Rocky Knob. The views are spectacular at this popular location, including the night sky. Like Peaks of Otter, the sites are not full hookup but flush toilets are available, as is drinking water.
Perhaps you’ve heard of glamping? It’s a mash-up of “glamour” and “camping,” and we happen to have a little taste of that now in Roanoke. Explore Park has made available canvas tents, which are actually off-the-ground shelters with canvas walls and roof. There are also tipi tents, and you’re welcome to pitch your own tent on a primitive site, too. The new bathhouse opens in October 2018.
Whether you’re a day hiker or passing through on the long haul, you’ll be happy to find the Appalachian Trail shelters in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. They’re nothing fancy, but when you want to be protected from the elements and off the ground for a night, they’re absolutely perfect.
Perhaps one of the coolest camping experiences Virginia’s Blue Ridge has to offer is Deer Island, an island in the middle of Philpott Lake that is only accessible by boat. Paddle in your gear and nourishment for a pleasant stay in solitude.
Riverfront tent camping? Found it! Three separate campgrounds – Gala in Eagle Rock, and Horseshoe Bend and Arcadia in Buchanan – are all set with fire rings, tent pads, and picnic tables. There is no potable water, but there are toilets and a dumpster for your refuse. Horseshoe Bend is a paddle-in campground while the other two are accessible by road. The ideal way to experience these campgrounds is to create a multi-day river trip, overnighting at each one.
Year ‘round pet-friendly camping for any size camper, motorhome, or tent is available with full hookup at Dixie Caverns Campground. While you’re there, be sure to visit the Dixie Caverns. Discovered in 1920 by two boys and their dog, which fell in a hole in the ground, as the story goes. Visit this gem of Virginia for yourself!
“Dispersed Camping” is a fancy phrase for “camping by yourself in the woods alone.” If you’re a true wilderness man or woman, you’ll probably be okay with no facilities or neighbors. There are, however, rules to abide by when you choose to go it alone in the National Forest.
– No more than 10 people and for no longer than 21 consecutive days.
– Campsites may not be closer than 200’ from a water source.
– Leave No Trace and Be Bear Aware.
– Inquire about fire or any other restrictions before you pack in, and ensure you’re not on private land before setting up your site.
Pop-Ups, RVs, and tents are all welcome at Chantilly Farm, an event venue (and campground) just six miles out of Floyd. Full hookups, partial hookups, and completely dry sites are available. If you’d rather not rough it so hard, there is a tiny house, a couple of cute bunkhouses, and a glamping tent to choose from as well. Open fires are prohibited and pets must remain leashed.
For those who enjoy being nestled between the mountains, Middle Creek Campground is the place for you. Welcoming to everyone – “tents and hammocks to buses” – whatever you wish to sleep in is A-ok with them. A variety of hookups are available as is limited Wi-Fi. Two ponds, a pool, beach area, and dirt bike tracks are just some of the attraction to Middle Creek.
There’s always something going on at the Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA. Weekend hayrides are an immediate draw (especially in fall), and their variety of sites appeals to those with big rigs and those without any wheels. Just check out their cabins and choose from a range of sizes, including minimalist one-roomers to a family-friendly lodge with sleeping loft, bunk room, queen bed, bathroom, and partial kitchen.
There may be no better place to get a group of friends or family together for a camping weekend than Wilderness Adventure. The center of the experience is team building, which means there are so many great activities that your group can arrange to conquer together. Choose from a range of camp sites or go all-in with the Sneaky Lodge accommodation. Meals can be provided for eight people or more, or there are charcoal grills at your disposal.