RV Campgrounds Near the Blue Ridge Parkway

The 469-mile stretch between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks is one of the most spectacular and popular scenic drives in the U.S..

The Blue Ridge Parkway winds through the blue hues of the Appalachian mountains, which is even more colorful during fall foliage season. This scenic byway allows roadtrippers to explore the natural and historical landscape from mile marker 0 in Waynesboro, Virginia, to mile marker 469 in Cherokee, North Carolina.

View of Blue Ridge mountans.
Photo by: Ashley Rossi

Last year, the Blue Ridge Parkway saw more than 14 million recreation visitors, making it the most visited national park unit in the U.S.—ahead of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite national parks. Most visitors drive the parkway between May and October for the best weather and vibrant colors.

Driving this scenic byway is a must-do road trip for any RVer. Here are some of the campgrounds near the Blue Ridge Parkway where you can stay along the way.

RV parked under a few tall trees on some grass.
Loft Mountain Campground | Crozet, VA – Photo by: Lynne

1. Loft Mountain Campground, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Number of Sites: 207

Pad Type: Concrete

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Situated at 3,018 feet, Loft Mountain Campground is an ideal place to catch the sunrise and sunset in Shenandoah National Park. The campground offers access to a dump station, full-service bathrooms, and laundry services.

“Great national park campground in Shenandoah National Park. Elevation makes for cool nights,” according to a Campendium review. Nearby are waterfalls and hiking trails, including the Appalachian Trail.

Blue Ridge Parkway sign in the woods.
Photo by: Ashley Rossi

2. Otter Creek Campground, Big Island, Virginia

Number of Sites: 69

Pad Type: Concrete

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Otter Creek Campground is the lowest point along the Blue Ridge Parkway at 649 feet above sea level. It’s situated near James River so you have easy access to hike Otter Creek Trail, Otter Lake Loop Trail, and Trail of Trees.

The campground features simple amenities like a dump station, flushable toilets, drinking water, picnic tables, and grills.

Couple each holding a kid walking across a pedestrian bridge over a gorge in the mountains.
Julian Price Park Campground | Blowing Rock, NC – Photo by: Adventures of Dave and Ann

3. Julian Price Park Campground, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

Number of Sites: 197

Pad Type: Concrete

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Julian Price Park Campground is located at milepost 297 near Blowing Rock outlook that gives way to a panoramic view of Johns River Gorge. Julian Price Park offers basic amenities like a dump station, flushable toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.

“Great access to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Price Lake, and good hiking trails; beautiful rhododendrons everywhere; clean restrooms and clean, hot showers; recycling, trash, and dump station were conveniently located; friendly NPS staff; and close to Boone and Blowing Rock,” according to a Campendium review.

RVs in a campground surrounded by fall colored trees.
Linville Falls Campground | Newland, NC – Photo by: Magwy

4. Linville Falls Campground, Newland, North Carolina

Number of Sites: 70

Pad Type: Mixed

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Linville Falls Campground is nestled in the North Carolina wilderness near the Linville Gorge and Linville Falls. The rugged gorge is carved with hiking trails to picturesque viewpoints, while Linville Falls is a three-tier cascading waterfall. There’s a visitor center located at mile 316 for hikers.

The campground has no hookups, but it offers a dump station, potable water, and basic restrooms.

RV with slide out parked in a gravel site in front of a picnic table overlooking mountains.
Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground | Swannanoa, NC – Photo by: Wherearedaveanddar

5. Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground, Swannanoa, North Carolina

Number of Sites: 33

Pad Type: Gravel

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Located near Asheville, North Carolina, Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground is a hidden gem along the Blue Ridge Parkway. This campground features a dump station, full hookups, full-service bathrooms, WiFi, and a variety of other amenities. Some sites are perfectly situated on the mountaintop, so you can wake up to the sun rising over you and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

While most campgrounds along the parkway are more basic, Mama Gertie’s Hideaway Campground is worth the extra expense.

Metal sign with names of mountain peaks installed on a handrail overlooking fall colored mountains.
Photo by: Ashley Rossi

6. Lake Powhatan Campground, Asheville, North Carolina

Number of Sites: 97

Pad Type: Concrete

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Another option to stay near Asheville, North Carolina, is Lake Powhatan Campground. This campground is situated within walking distance of the shores of Lake Powhatan. In addition to full hookups, a dump station, and full-service bathrooms, this campground is also home to mountain biking trails, sandy beaches, and proximity to Looking Glass Falls, the North Carolina Arboretum, and Asheville.

Lake Powhatan Campground is a can’t-miss campground near the Blue Ridge Parkway. You can also try out glamping at this national forest campground in one of the 12 new custom-designed, fully-furnished canvas platform tents.

View of mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park/
Photo by: Ashley Rossi

7. Indian Creek Campground, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Number of Sites: 74

Pad Type: Gravel

Reservations: Yes

Tent Camping: Yes

Nestled in the southern corner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the Cherokee Indian Reservation is Indian Creek Campground. This RV park offers a dump station, hookups, WiFi, and full-service bathrooms. Most sites are situated along Bunches Creek for a peaceful and serene stay.

You’ll find fishing, hiking, and historical sites to tour near the campground.

The Blue Ridge Parkway highlights some of the best outdoor highlights the East Coast has to offer through accessible hiking trails, vistas, and campgrounds. Before driving parts or the entirety of the scenic byway, here are some tips to elevate your experience:

  • Similar to other scenic byways across the country, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a winding road with steep drop-offs and tight turns. Know your RV’s length, height, and other restrictions when planning your route.
  • From May to October, the Blue Ridge Parkway is busy and campgrounds should be reserved ahead of time. Most campgrounds charge a nightly rate, although there are a variety of dispersed campgrounds to choose from.
  • Take advantage of the various visitor centers along the parkway, especially Linn Cove Viaduct Visitor Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.
  • Catch epic sunrises and sunsets at various outlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway, like Afton Overlook, Quarry Overlook, and Chimney Overlook.