Easy Weekend Escape at a Mountain Lake

This campground is located right on the Blue Ridge Parkway with a nice lake for fishing, boating, and SUP. No swimming.

The campground has a wide variety of sites some are great, some leave a lot to be desired. Research your site carefully. It is a National Park and alcohol and dogs are allowed so things can get loud at night. Pack your earplugs.

Lots of good hikes nearby, right off the Parkway. They are often busy on the weekends especially during Fall Leaf color season. Boone and Blowing Rock very close making it easy to get provisions.

Wilderness by the river

The farthest that you can drive into Denali to car camp or take an RV. Incredible location with long views of snow topped mountains, long sloping hillsides, and spruce forest. Wildlife all around: Moose, bears, snowshoe hares, ground squirrels, lynx, and more. The park bus will also take you there if you want to leave the car behind. Super clean Pit toilets and water available. Campground hosts very friendly and helpful. Bring Bear spray for hiking, bug spray, and warm clothes (even in summer). Bring your own firewood if you can. Reservations best made 6 months in advance. Sites are first come when you show up. Try to get one near river.

Easy access to Appalachian Trail and wild ponies

Nice little campground with loads of good trails all through the park. Creeks to explore, high ridges with panoramic views, the Appalachian Trail crosses through the park and there are not so wild ponies who will come check you out. Wild blueberries and blackberries in August.

Tucked in by a beautiful river

This campground is small and comfortable. It is tucked in next to the South Toe River with an excellent swimming hole, rapids for tubing, great trout fishing, and a good launching off point for hikes into the Black Mountains and Mt Mitchell.