The Best Camping Destinations in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Tent camping overnight at campground in Boone, NC

The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina offer some of the best camping destinations in the country. Whether you’re a local looking for a weekend in the woods, a traveler, or maybe even someone working with one of the 828 Real Estate agents and you want to getaway, definitely consider a camping trip!


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Where to Camp Along NC’s Blue Ridge Parkway

When you’re looking for a place to camp on North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway, there are various options, including RV parks, private campgrounds, state park camping, car camping and backcountry camping.

RV Parks Near Boone, NC

If you’re towing an RV or own a sweet camper van, there are some great destinations to park your vehicle.

Blue Bear Mountain Camp in Todd is just eight miles north of Boone and sits on over 150 acres. Blue Bear Mountain Camp offers it all– car camping, hike in camping, and RV sites in a beautiful environment. They boast access to fishing ponds, hiking trails, fire rings, and are open year-around. Dogs are welcome!

Another great RV option is the Flintlock Campground on 105 South, just outside of Boone. Right on a mountainside stream, Flintlock is super accessible to all that the High Country has to offer. Flintlock Campground has WiFi, allows pets, and also has laundry access. A great place to call home for a couple days or maybe even months!

Backcountry State & National Park Campgrounds

If car camping or backcountry camping are what you’re looking for, there are several options in the area for this also! Permits may be required depending on where you are camping within the state and national parks, so make sure to check on that while planning your trip.

Julian Price Park sits on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is managed by the National Park Service. Fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities are abundant at Julian Price Park. You can camp in tent sites by the lake or even hike up to John’s River Gorge and set up near Hebron Falls. Car camping along Old Highway 105 can be a highly rewarding and minimal effort experience.


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This is part of the Pisgah National Forest, so car camping is allowed where existing sites are in place. These sites are super common on Old 105 and some have mind-blowing views of the Linville Gorge. You can also backcountry camp in the Linville Gorge Wilderness!

If you want to get some elevation, check out the Elk Knob Campgrounds in Meat Camp or for a paddle-in option, plan a trip to camp at the beautiful New River State Park in Laurel Springs.

Private Campgrounds in the High Country of North Carolina

Additional private campground options include the KOA Campground on 194, just north of Boone. At almost 4,000 feet elevation, the Boone KOA is the highest KOA in the country and offers a pool, an arcade and even a farm animal mini zoo!
If you’re coming up for the Wooly Worm Festival, the Highland Games, or any of the attractions near Banner Elk, the Little Campground by the Creek in Elk Park is another great option. Beautiful landscapes surround your campsites and there’s even a cabin available to rent!

No matter what option you chose, you will have a great time camping in the Boone area! If you want any more personal recommendations, definitely reach out to any of the agents at 828 Real Estate, as we all love to get outside and play!

About the Author

"I am a proud Boonie and feel grateful to call the High Country home. Hailing from Rome, Georgia, I am the youngest of three brothers, the proud son of a German and a native Atlantan. It only took one college visit for me to fall in love with Boone in 2011. After four years of school and various jobs in the community, I was offered an opportunity to hit the road and work all over the East Coast. I worked in construction management/sales and property inspections for insurance companies. The year of 2018 was a monumental year for me as it saw me complete my degree in Business Management and buy my home in downtown Boone, where I run an Airbnb (the Bent Street Bungalow). I live with my two dogs, Redman and Junior, and spend more time than I should in my garden or out in the woods with my pups. I bring a passion for people, connections and diplomacy to the table and love applying that to being a Realtor. My experience in construction and sales provide a unique set of tools for the world of real estate. I am so excited to help you facilitate your Boone experience and truly believe there’s no place quite like the 828. I love Boone for the normal reasons—cool air, storied mountains, vibrant rivers and so on, but I also love Boone because it is just so easy to have a good day here. The community is unlike any other I have experienced and I look forward to growing with it for a long time to come. Working in real estate is my full-time endeavor so I am fully invested in helping you with my knowledge of the area, my enthusiastic work ethic and my creativity in marketing to ensure that the best possible result is achieved.”