At Milepost 120.4 on the Blue Ridge Parkway you can find Roanoke Mountain Campground with 74 tents and 30 RV/trailer sites, with 3 sites that are handicap-accessible. All sites are first come, first served. Facilities include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups.
There is a 4 mile one-way loop road nearby (campground is not accessible from loop road) where overlooks can be found with a view of Roanoke, the largest city along the Parkway corridor and Mill Mountain. The loop road contains steep grades and trailers are not allowed. Some picnic tables are available at the overlooks on the scenic loop.
For information, call (540) 342-3051.
Area hikes include: Roanoke River Trail, Roanoke Mountain Summit Trail, Chestnut Ridge Trail (adjacent to campground), Roanoke Valley Horse Trail, and Buck Mountain Trails.
Roanoke Mountain Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway along the Mill Mountain Spur Road (milepost 120.4) has sites for 74 tents and 31 trailers (3 sites are handicap-accessible). Facilities include water, comfort stations with flush toilets and sinks but no showers or hook-ups.
The campground is located near downtown Roanoke. This is the only Parkway campground that is located so close to an urban area. The cost is the usual Blue Ridge Parkway camping fee of $16. The campground is normally open mid May to the end of October. Because it is so near to the city, the campground can become very crowded at times.
Several sites of old iron mines are located near the campground. Local musicians perform traditional and bluegrass music on Sunday evenings from June through October. There is a nature trail located in the campground plus the very popular Chestnut Ridge Trail that loops around the campground.
Blue Ridge Parkway Campground Information
Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings. The Parkway’s nine campgrounds were built years ago and do not offer hookups, but most have at least some sites that will accommodate sizeable recreational vehicles, and all offer restrooms (showers are available at Mt. Pisgah campground only), drinking water, picnic tables and grills.
These campgrounds are open from May – October with fees charged on a per night basis, which includes two adults over age 18. Children accompanied by an adult camp free. Reservations may be made for some sites in advance. To make a reservation, visit www.recreation.gov or call toll-free 877.444.6777. As a general rule, demand is higher on weekends and holidays.
Group camping is available only at Linville Falls Campground. Call 828.765.6082 for more information. In addition, limited backcountry camping is available via permit at Basin Cove in Doughton Park 336.372.8568 and Rock Castle Gorge 540.745.9661. Camping outside of designated campgrounds (or without a permit at backcountry sites) is prohibited.