Camping Guide


You'll love the High Country's numerous camping opportunities. They range from remote, primitive sites to electric hook-ups, water and even air conditioning.

Unless you're planning an assault on Mount Everest, camping gear doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Campers should, however, make sure they have a quality tent and properly rated sleeping bags for the climate. Don't forget cooking equipment, lanterns and other helpful items.

The most important rule of camping is Be Prepared. High Country weather can change in a heartbeat from hot and sunny to cold, rainy and windy. Make sure you pack some extra warm clothes in case the temperature plummets and rain gear in case the bottom drops out of the sky.

Don't forget insect repellent, a quality first aid kit and those necessary 'toiletry' items such as soap, toothpaste and toilet paper. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of camping opportunities to choose from, including private campgrounds, national forests and state parks.

Private Campgrounds:

Bear Den Family Campground:
600 Bear Den Mountain Road
Spruce Pine, NC 28777
Phone: 828-765-2888
Fax: 828-765-2864

BooneKOA Campground:
123 Harmony Mountain Ln.,
Boone, NC 28607.
Phone: (828)264-7250.

Flintlock Family Campground:
171 Flintlock Campground Drive
NC Hwy 105, Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-963-5325
Toll Free: 1-888-850-9997

Grandfather Mountain Campground:
Hwy. 105 Near Foscoe/P.O. Box 2060 ~ Boone, NC 28607
Phone: (828) 738-1111
Toll Free: 1-800-788-CLUB (2582)

Greenfield Campground:
1795 Mt. Jefferson Road
West Jefferson, NC 28694
Phone: (336)246-9106
Greenfield Campground Driving Direction GPS Coordinates:
Decimal: 36.399548, -81.467833
Degrees: 36° 23' 58", -81° 28' 4"

Vanderpool High Country Campground:
1173 Charlie Thompson Road
Vilas, NC 28692
Phone: (828)297-3486

River Camp USA:
PO Box 9, Piney Creek, NC 28663
Phone: 1-336-359-2267
Toll Free: 1-800 RIVERCAMP (748-3722)

Zaloos Canoes:
3874 NC Hwy
16 south jefferson NC 28640 USA
Phone: 800 535 4027
Toll Free: 1 800 535 4027

For more information on the area's many other fine private campgrounds, contact the High Country Host at (828) 264-1299, or one of the local chambers of commerce.

Public Campgrounds:

There are numerous public camping facilities located along the Blue Ridge Parkway, within New River State Park, and in Pisgah National Forest. Many of these sites are located near the High Country's most popular scenic attractions.

Julian Price Park:

This campground is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway around milepost 297. The campground features 129 tent sites and 68 recreational vehicle spots. Many of the sites are handicapped accessible and include cold running water and flush toilets. There are no showers or electrical hookups at this facility.

The campground features multiple hiking trails, scenic areas, canoeing, and fishing opportunities. The area also boasts a 300+ person outdoor amphitheater that is utilized by the Park Service for demonstrations and discussions.

Mile Post 297 Blue Ridge Parkway
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: (828) 295-7591

Linville Falls Campground:

Linville Falls Campground is also along the Blue Ridge Parkway and is maintained by the National Park Service. This campground is one of the smallest along the Parkway yet it is one of the most popular destinations due to its proximity to Linville Falls and the numerous hiking opportunities within that area.

The campground is located along milepost 316 on the Blue Ridge Parkway just past the town of Linville. This campground contains 70 sites. Some of these sites are tent camping, some are for RV's and some are either/or. All of the sites are first come first serve and the few group sites that are available do require a reservation. There are dump stations, flush toilets, and drinking water facilities located throughout the campground, however, there are no showers or electrical hook-ups.

Contact Info:
Trailer Lodge& Campground
P.O. Box 205
Linville Falls, NC 28647
Phone: (828)765-2681

New River State Park:

New River State Park offers 1,700 acres over three different access areas for a gorgeous primitive camping tent experience. Each area is a canoe-in area that provides picnic tables and fire pits. Some of the sites are available for walk in camping as well. The parking area for these facilities is located off of Wagoneer Rd. and US 221 in Ashe County.

There are 33 tent camping sites within the three locations. The US 221 area is composed of fifteen sites, The Alleghany area is only accessible by canoe and is comprised of nine sites, and the Waganoneer Rd. access area is composed of nine sites. The US 221 and Wagoneer sites contain shower houses and bathrooms and the Alleghany site has pit toilets. All campers are required to register with the ranger at the US 221 and Wagoneer Rd. locations; there are registration boxes for the Alleghany access area.

northwestern corner, Blue Ridge Mountains
Virginia state line, NC
Phone: (336) 982-2587

Pisgah National Forest:

Pisgah National Forest Grandfather District consists of 402,560 acres within Western North Carolina. There are numerous activities available within the National Forest from Biking and Backpacking to camping and fishing. There are three established campgrounds within the High Country segment of the Pisgah National Forest - The Mortimer, the Boone Fork, and the Curtis Creek campsites. All three locations offer pit toilets as well as potable drinking water.

Contact info:
Pisgah National Forest, Burnsville
North Carolina, 28716
Phone: 828-652-2144

See also:

Camping | Backpacking

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