Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Grindstone

Grindstone Campground is tucked in the Fairwood Valley among pastures and wooded hillsides. The surrounding Mount Rogers National Recreation Area provides endless opportunities for fun and relaxation in the nature setting.


The area offers excellent hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and hunting. Recommended hiking trails include the Mount Rogers Trail at 7.5 miles and the Whispering Waters Nature Trail at 0.6 miles.

Several streams pass by just beyond the campground, with trout fishing available in abundance.

The campground boasts a water play area in the creek, an amphitheater, a playground and volleyball courts to entertain families.


Grindstone offers nearly 53 reservable sites for both tent and RV camping. Flush toilets, showers and a dump station create a comfortable camping experience.

All sites have a fire ring with a cooking grate, lantern post, picnic table, and tent pad. Domestic pets are allowed as long as they are attended and kept on a leash no longer than six feet. Standard electric sites have 30 amp service and a water hook-up.

Natural Features

At 3,800 feet, Grindstone is surrounded by mixed hardwoods, hemlock and rhododendrons. The Mount Rogers National Recreation Area spans 200,000 acres of National Forest, with four wildlife-rich wilderness areas.

Nearby Attractions

The Mount Rogers Scenic Byway, which traverses more than 50 miles with views of forestland and open rural countryside, is accessible nearby.

ADA Access: N

$24.00 - $56.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Max Length: 110 ft.
Grindstone is located in Virginia
36.6869 N
-81.5411 W
Get Directions
From Marion, Virginia, take exit 45 to Highway 16 south. Continue for 17 miles, then turn right onto Highway 603. After 6 miles turn left into the Grindstone Campground entrance.
16 Reviews of Grindstone
Great Family tent camping

Took a last minute trip with the family and we were not disappointed. I grew up camping but my wife has never been. I knew I would have to pick a spot that would change her opinion about camping. On our way home she was already looking for camping arrangements for next season.

We stayed at Camp 5 which was gravel and came in handy when it rained, no muddy mess packing up. I believe all the tent grounds had gravel. The fire pit had a great grate for cooking in our cast iron pans and the picnic table was a huge plus. Bathrooms were clean and the Host were extremely friendly and can answer all of your questions from the campground to local things to do.

Things I wish I had- more twine/rope to hang rain fly (trees are far apart). Bring firewood from the local grocery store, Food City, in Chilhowie. An axe to cut some of that wood into smaller pieces. I had it but remember to bring cash to pay for your stay. I’m not sure if they take cards, we arrived at 9pm and had to fill out an envelope and place in a drop box. Also, at the time of this review, the gates absolutely close at 10pm to 7am. Make sure you are in/out of the gates in time.

Great campground for seasoned campers and even better for beginners.

Great stay

We really liked the campground. We stayed at site 85. It was level, and clean. The hosts were friendly. There wasn’t any signal, but the hosts can tell you where to drive outside of the campground to find it. We would definitely come back. If you stay on groundhog, expect to hear (some) traffic from Laural Valley. And they don’t sell firewood right now, so you’ll have to go to troutdale or chilhowie for some. There’s also a food city in chilhowie, and a few restaurants and stores.

Great Campground!

We stayed at Grindstone Recreation Area Campground for the first time this past Labor Day. We are glad that we chose to stay here. The campground was quite, sites were separated with good distance and trees in between. The sites have a nice large flat area for a tent pan, or in our case we backed our camper onto it. Tons of shade!! The bathrooms were small (2 toilets and 1 shower) but kept extremely clean. There was also nice warm water for a shower. Some sites had water and electricity, but we booked late and ended up without it. They do allow generators, but ask that you be courteous and not run then all day. We will definitely stay here again. The campground is close enough to Grayson Highlands State Park so we day hiked for a day over there at Massie Gap (amazing views of the mountains).

Surprisingly nice

We made reservations for this campground less than a week before arriving and really didn’t know how it would be. I was very surprised at the high quality and upkeep. Clean bathrooms and showers, grounds are well kept, and individual campsites have good privacy with thick and tall vegetation in between. Stayed in the“Opossum” loop, which were strictly non-eclectic sites for tents and small trailers. There seemed to be a lot of hosts (saw at least 4 host RVs). Hosts  were very accommodating and helpful with info about sites, trails, and nearest store. There are multiple trailheads from the campground, to include a trail to the Mount Rogers’ summit. We went there in mid-August and the weather was clear and temperatures from 65-82 degrees. An overall outstanding campground.

True Relaxation!

If you want to escape it all, this campground is for you! There is no cell phone service. The campsite is wooded and the spaces are distanced well. The bathhouse could use some upgrading but it served its purpose.

2nd time

We were here 2 years ago in cottontail loop. RR maintained. Has fallen a bit but cg is beautiful and cool. Creeper trail is a must do


One of my favorite places to go!! Doesn’t get much more relaxing, electric, water hook-ups and a short drive to downtown Damascus VA.. AT, Virginia Creeper, White Top Mountain and Mount Rogers all near by. Make this trip twice a year would add a third if time allowed.

Awesome little site

This is a nice clean park, very friendly people who work there . The park is child friendly . The bathrooms are very clean

Very nice and quiet!

This is a very well maintained campground. The roads are all in good condition, the bathrooms and showers are good. There is a .6 mile trail nearby (Whispering Waters Trail) which is good for beginners & small kids. There is another trail, Mt. Rogers which is longer (7 miles) from the campsite. That one should be good for more seasoned hikers. We stayed in site 30D (Double) with 4 tents, 9 people and 3 vehicles. It would be tight with 4 cars.  The hosts were great and very friendly/helpful. Overall a very nice campground and would recommend it.

Quiet, family campground

We’ve stayed at Grindstone multiple times in both a tent and pop up. Sites are well spaced and have excellent shade. There are plenty of recreational opportunities— hiking and exploring the Grayson Highlands area.

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